Publishers Weekly describes this book as the most meticulously researched Lincoln biography ever written. Burlingame's Lincoln comes alive as the author unfolds vast amounts of new research while breathing new life into familiar stories. Publishers Weekly also notes, The book need not be heard in one sitting. Each part stands alone. Now Gildan Media brings to you, chapter by chapter, what Doris Kearns Goodwin calls a ...profound and masterful portrait.
From Springfield to Washington, Inauguration, and Distributing Patronage (1861): The Man Does Not Live Who Is More Devoted to Peace Than I Am, But It May Be Necessary to Put the Foot Down Firmly.
From Springfield to Washington (February 11-22 1861): Lincoln agrees to undertake a taxing, circuitous, 1,900-mile train ride from Springfield to Washington in order to accommodate Republican friends in various states where they want him to speak. He alternates between giving hard-line, conciliatory, and embarrassing speeches concerning the Southern secession at these victory stops, as well as dealing with the varied receptions he receives at Albany, Buffalo, and New York City, etc. The threat of assassination and possible riots in Baltimore force Lincoln to enter Washington under the cover of darkness. Much to his chagrin, he is ridiculed by the press. His embarrassment at appearing weak and fearful may have disposed him in the momentous coming weeks to avoid steps that might deepen that unfortunate impression.
I Am Now Going to Be Master: Inauguration (February 23 - March 4, 1861): Lincoln's arrival in Washington generally helps lift the spirits of the city's inhabitants and the North. Despite his efforts to help reach some kind of compromise, the much touted Peace Conference ends in failure and acrimony. Meanwhile, Lincoln works on his all-important inaugural address, fielding suggestions from close colleagues and deflecting efforts by Seward to mak... Download and start listening now!