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Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America

Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195151008

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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2002
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Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195151008

William E. Gienapp

ISBN13: 978-0195151008
ISBN10: 0195151003
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

A truly concise and authoritative new biography of Abraham Lincoln, written by a leading historian

In Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America, historian William Gienapp provides a remarkably concise, up-to-date, and vibrant biography of the most revered figure in United States history.
While the heart of the book focuses on the Civil War, Gienapp begins with a finely etched portrait of Lincoln's early life, from pioneer farm boy, to politician and lawyer in Springfield, to his stunning election as sixteenth president of the United States. We see how Lincoln grew during his years in office, how he developed a keen aptitude for military strategy and displayed enormous skill in dealing with his generals, and also how his war strategy evolved from a desire to preserve the Union to emancipation and total war.

Gienapp shows how Lincoln's early years influenced his skills as commander-in-chief and also demonstrates that throughout the stresses of the war years, Lincoln's basic character shone through: his good will and fundamental decency, his remarkable self-confidence matched with genuine humility, his immunity to the passions and hatreds the war spawned, his extraordinary patience, and his timeless eloquence.

A former backwoodsman and country lawyer, Abraham Lincoln rose to become one of our greatest presidents. This biography offers a vivid account of Lincoln's dramatic ascension to the pinnacle of American history.

Author Bio

Gienapp, William E. : Harvard University

William E. Gienapp is Professor of History at Harvard University. He is the author of the award-winning Origins of the Republican Party, co-author of one of the best-selling college texts for American history, Nation of Nations, and editor of The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Documentary Collection.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. A Son of the Frontier
2. Thwarted Ambition
3. Rise to Power
4. A People's Contest
5. From Limited War to Revolution
6. Midstream
7. To Finish the Task
8. With Malice Toward None

Chronology of Abraham Lincoln
List of Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliographical Essay
Index

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