A timely and intimate
look into Abraham Lincoln’s White House through the lives of his two closest
aides and confidants.
Lincoln’s official secretaries John Hay and John Nicolay
enjoyed more access, witnessed more history, and knew Lincoln better than
anyone outside of the president’s immediate family. Hay and Nicolay were the
gatekeepers of the Lincoln legacy. They read poetry and attended the theater
with the president, commiserated with him over Union army setbacks, and plotted
electoral strategy. They were present at every seminal event, from the signing
of the Emancipation Proclamation to Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg
Address—and they wrote about it after his death.
In their biography of Lincoln, Hay and Nicolay fought to
establish Lincoln’s heroic legacy and to preserve a narrative that saw
slavery—not states’ rights—as the sole cause of the Civil War. As Joshua Zeitz
shows, the image of a humble man with uncommon intellect who rose from
obscurity to become a storied wartime leader and emancipator is very much their
Drawing on letters, diaries, and memoirs, Lincoln’s Boys is part political drama
and part coming-of-age tale—a fascinating story of friendship, politics, war,
and the contest over history and remembrance. Download and start listening now!