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As 1862 dawned, the American republic was at death’s door. The federal government appeared overwhelmed, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Union’s top general was gravely ill. The Confederacy—with its booming economy, expert military leadership, and commanding position on the battlefield—had a clear view to victory. To a remarkable extent, the survival of the country depended on the judgment, cunning, and resilience of the unschooled frontier lawyer who had recently been elected president.

Twelve months later, the Civil War had become a cataclysm but the tide had turned. The Union generals who would win the war had at last emerged, and the Confederate army had suffered the key losses that would lead to its doom. The blueprint for modern America—an expanding colossus of industrial and financial might—had been indelibly inked. And the man who brought the nation through its darkest hour, Abraham Lincoln, had signed the Emancipation Proclamation and emerged as a singular leader.

In Rise to Greatness, acclaimed author David Von Drehle has created both a deeply human portrait of America’s greatest president and a rich, dramatic narrative about our most fateful year.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Von Drehle has done a masterful job of extracting riveting anecdotes from original sources and balancing them with recent contributions to the field. Blending good research with a gift for page-turning narrative, he adroitly weaves together the complex military, diplomatic, political, legal and moral saga of the 12 months of 1862.”

    Washington Post

  • “Outstanding…Lean, insightful and often lyrical.”

    USA Today

  • “Von Drehle has chosen a critical year (‘the most eventful year in American history’ and the year Lincoln rose to greatness), done his homework, and written a spirited account.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A thoroughly engaging examination of the irreversible changes emerging from a year when the nation’s very survival remained in doubt.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This is not only an important work of history but also a valuable manual on leadership.”

    Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Biography
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Nonfiction
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About the Author
David Von Drehle is a journalist for The Washington Post. His previous books include Among the Lowest of the Dead: Inside Death Row and(with the political staff of The Washington Post) Deadlock: The Inside Story of
America’s Closest Election.
About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.