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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John C. Waugh Narrator: David Drummon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lincoln is the central axis of this story about America’s seemingly unstoppable march toward war, the shattering of its political landscape, and its grappling with the moral underpinnings of a republic of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Here are such key events as the Mexican-American War, the Dred Scott Case, westward expansion, the rise of the industrial north, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, and the birth of the Republican Party. And here we meet Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Zachary Taylor, Stephen Douglas, and abolitionists Wendell Phillips, John Brown, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. We see it all through the breathtaking writings of Lincoln himself, detailing his emergence onto the political scene and the evolution of his beliefs about the Union, democracy, slavery, and civil war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Waugh...recounts the 1864 election with great narrative skill. The story sweeps along, with brilliant vignettes of all the players in the drama and one vivid scene after another.”

    New York Times Book Review on Reelecting Lincoln: The Battle for the 1864 Presidency

  • “Lively prose backed with solid research…Waugh is particularly adept at weaving details of Lincoln’s family life into the narrative.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “General audiences will delight in Waugh’s expansive narrative full of colorful anecdotes. This book vividly illustrates why Abraham Lincoln remains a touchstone for democracy.”

    Thomas F. Schwartz, Illinois State Historian, Lincoln Presidential Library

  • “As always, John C. Waugh combines a historian’s vision with a journalist’s nose for news—and the result is another rich page-turner that will make readers think they are along for Abraham Lincoln’s improbable ride to fame.”

    Harold Holzer, cochairman, US Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

  • One Man Great Enough is a treasure. It is a gift to all of us as we approach Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday. Richly written, it is the wonderful story of the evolving leadership and political courage of an American who should be emulated by every public official.”

    Frank J. Williams, founding chair of the Lincoln Forum

  • “Journalist-historian John C. Waugh has scored another tour de force. Waugh provides special dimensions to the exciting story that brought the right man to the presidency as the nation faced its greatest crisis.”

    Edwin Cole Bearss, author of Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Judy | 7/10/2009

    " unfortunately the cd's were not good and I couldn't listen to all of it. Interesting to see parallels to modern politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alina Tolbert | 1/13/2009

    " Learning about Abraham Lincoln was amazing. I had no idea he was such a great stump speak, Whig, how he got into the Republican Party, etc. I wish I had been able to hear some of the funny stories he was always telling and know more about his wife and kids. A great introduction for me. "

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About the Author

John C. Waugh is the award-winning author of four other books about the Civil War, two of which have won major awards. He is a former bureau chief of the Christian Science Monitor, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Civil War Times Illustrated.