Tried by War

Tried by War

Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

Large Print - 2009
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Though Abraham Lincoln arrived at the White House with no military experience (apart from a couple of months spent soldiering in 1832), he quickly established himself as the greatest commander in chief in American history. In essence Lincoln invented the role, as neither the Constitution nor existing legislation specified how the president ought to declare war or dictate strategy. Now Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War historian James McPherson illuminates this often misunderstood and profoundly influential aspect of Lincoln's legacy. Book jacket.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9781410413390
Characteristics: 539 p. (large print) : ill., map ; 22 cm.


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Dec 08, 2012

Concise and readable account of Lincoln's prosecution of the Civil War. McPherson shows that Lincoln was much more involved in the military aspects of the war than many might think. General McClellan turns out to look even worse--if not downright traitorous--than the common perception might be. An excellent and informative read.

May 16, 2011

With so many volumes written about Lincoln, one wonders what ground has not been picked over. Then, almost like a slap to the forehead, I saw McPherson's sub-title and thought, "Of course!"
What is it? We don't like to think of one of our greatest presidents as a war-leader? Perhaps. (And perhaps that's a good thing.)
Nevertheless, McPherson's work is a b breezy read that is often quite moving. He certainly includes the battles, but never loses sight of his main objective: explaining how that wretched nightmare of a time shaped the occupant of the Oval Office. I really enjoyed this book.


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