A trio of new Lincoln books

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Retired Moderator
Jul 9, 2005
Galena, Illinois 61036 U.S.A.
Which might be read in this sequence:

The Great Comeback: How Abraham Lincoln Beat the Odds to Win the 1860 Republican Nomination by Gary Ecelbarger

"the 16 months from January 1859, following his devastating senate loss to Stephen Douglas, to May 18, 1860 when he emerged from a field of popular front-runners to capture the Republican Party nomination and set the scene for his election to the presidency")

Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 by Harold Holzer

"Holzer (Lincoln at Cooper Union), chairman of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, painstakingly retraces Lincoln's few public statements and numerous private initiatives during this key period, revealing an astute political operator assessing the situation, organizing his government, reaching out to the South and most of all, [drawing] a line in the sand to prevent the spread of human slavery" ""Many historians, myself included, have depicted Lincoln in the months between his election and inauguration as weak and indecisive. Holzer, carefully studying the record, argues that Lincoln was a strong-minded, highly principled, and shrewd president-elect."-- David Herbert Donald, author of Lincoln")

Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief by James M. McPherson

("James McPherson illuminates this often misunderstood and profoundly influential aspect of Lincoln’s legacy. In essence, Lincoln invented the idea of commander in chief, as neither the Constitution nor existing legislation specified how the president ought to declare war or dictate strategy. In fact, by assuming the powers we associate with the role of commander in chief, Lincoln often overstepped the narrow band of rights granted the president. Good thing too, because his strategic insight and will to fight changed the course of the war and saved the Union.")



Sergeant Major
May 15, 2008
Thanks for the heads-up, SamGrant. I was aware of the McPherson book, but had not heard of the other two.
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