In the bestselling tradition of Truman, two-time Pulitzer
Prize–winning biographer David Herbert Donald offers a new classic in American
history and biography—a masterly account of how one man’s extraordinary
political acumen steered the Union to victory in the Civil War and of how his
soaring rhetoric gave meaning to that agonizing struggle for nationhood and
Donald spent fifty years studying Lincoln, tracing his rise from humble
origins to the pinnacle of the presidency. He reveals the development of the
future president’s character and shows how Lincoln’s enormous capacity for
growth enabled one of the least experienced men ever elected to high office to
become a giant in the annals of American politics. He also depicts a man who was
basically passive by nature yet ambitious enough to take enormous risks and
overcome repeated defeats.
Much more than a
political biography, Lincoln seats us behind the desk of a president who
was both a master of ambiguity and expediency and a great moral leader, as he
makes the decisions that preserved the Union and shaped modern America.
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