Thomas B. Allen’s expertise in military
history and strategy is combined with Roger MacBride Allen’s knowledge of
technology to reveal a lesser known yet fascinating side of the sixteenth
president of the United States. Their authoritative narrative reveals Lincoln
as our nation’s first hands-on commander-in-chief, whose appreciation for the
power of technology plays a critical role in the North’s Civil War victory over
the less developed South.
We meet Lincoln as he exchanges vital
telegraph messages with his generals in the field; we witness his inspection of
new ship models at the navy yard; we view the president target shooting with
the designer of a new kind of rifle; and we follow Lincoln, the man of action,
as he leads a daring raid to recapture Norfolk, Virginia. The book’s historic
sweep also sets Abraham Lincoln in the context of his military era: we learn
about the North’s Anaconda Plan and the South’s counter strategies and how the
concept of total war replaced the old Napoleonic way of fighting.
Readers will come away with a rich sense of a
leader who lived through one of the most exciting ages of technological and
social change in America. Mr. Lincoln’s
High-Tech War brings alive a time when the railroad brought soldiers to and
from the battlefields, when hot-air balloons were used for surveillance, and
when ironclad warships revolutionized naval warfare.
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