1862 dawned, the American republic was at death’s door. The federal government
appeared overwhelmed, the US 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.
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 of
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 been forged into a singular leader.
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. Download and start listening now!