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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (149 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Bracelen Flood Narrator: Mel Foste Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At the beginning of 1864, the Civil War was far from won; terrible and bloody Union setbacks and casualties lay ahead. Abraham Lincoln was facing a reelection battle as some northern Democrats were ready to start peace talks that could leave the Confederacy a separate slaveholding American nation and as his secretary of the treasury, Salmon P. Chase, challenged him for the Republican nomination. But by the end of the year, the war’s end was in sight, and slavery was on the verge of extinction.

Despite all the turmoil of war and political infighting, Lincoln also set the stage for a new era of westward expansion. He shaped the decades to come through laws and subsidies that propelled railroads westward, by the Homestead Act that offered western lands to immigrant farmers and by the Act to Encourage Immigration that enabled 615,000 men, women, and children to arrive in America during the Civil War.

As the year ended, John Wilkes Booth, who stalked Lincoln throughout 1864, was only a few weeks away from assassinating our greatest president.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book is as adept at analyzing Lincoln’s choices as at showing what they meant to his ravaged nation.”

    New York Times

  • “Combining a novelist’s flair with the authority and deep knowledge of a scholar, Flood artfully integrates this complex web of storylines.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom | 12/4/2013

    " An interesting summary of a pivotal year in Lincoln's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jared | 11/29/2013

    " I picked this up when I saw it on the new book shelf at the library and it sounded interesting. Flood writes the story of Lincoln's last year in office, which turned out to be a turning point in the Civil War. As it just so happens, it was also the re-election year for Lincoln. So the author is trying to weave together the political events and the war chronology to make it one cohesive story. Which of course, is the way things work in real life. But he didn't do such a hot job of it. He would frequently jump back and forth with no segue between them. It also felt like one of his primary goals was to have us know the names of every crony and political boss in the Union. He would repeatedly refer back to the same events, such as "So and so, the guy who did this and that which I talked about on pages 15, 98, 124, and 165." So overall, it was an interesting read, I just didn't particularly care for the author's style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brenda Hymas | 10/25/2013

    " A very thorough book about a pivotal year. The politics of Lincoln's reelection were not as interesting to me as his interactions with individuals and tales of the war. The last chapter was beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tony | 10/10/2013

    " A challenge to write one more book re Lincoln, but Flood meets it with good results. "

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About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”