A Fierce Glory: Antietam-The Desperate Battle That Saved Lincoln and Doomed Slavery by Justin Martin

  Almost every angle imaginable on the Civil War has been studied and yet authors continue to bring forth different perspectives. This is the case with Justin Martin’s A Fierce Glory. I have read many accounts of the Battle of Antietam – most focus solely on either side or give a balanced view of the battle. Martin gives a balanced account of the battle, but he adds a new element by looking at Abraham Lincoln during the battle. Lincoln was waiting to hear about the results of...

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Abraham Lincoln: A Presidential Life by James McPherson

I think I am pretty clearly on the record in favor of short biographies but even I might blanche at a book that covers a subject as immense as Abraham Lincoln in a mere 70 or so pages.  Such is the boldness of James McPherson‘s Abraham Lincoln.  But this essay/book turned out to be an enjoyable and interesting approach to the enigma that is Lincoln. I was trolling the library when I saw it and decided it was short enough to read over the President’s Day weekend. Alas, I was not...

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In the Mail: Presidential Edition

–>Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 Description Abraham Lincoln first demonstrated his determination and leadership in the Great Secession Winter — the four months between his election in November 1860 and his inauguration in March 1861 — when he rejected compromises urged on him by Republicans and Democrats, Northerners and Southerners, that might have preserved the Union a little longer but would have enshrined slavery for...

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In the Mail: Presidential Edition

–>Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 Description Abraham Lincoln first demonstrated his determination and leadership in the Great Secession Winter — the four months between his election in November 1860 and his inauguration in March 1861 — when he rejected compromises urged on him by Republicans and Democrats, Northerners and Southerners, that might have preserved the Union a little longer but would have enshrined slavery for...

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Honest Abe's 200th

One of the perennial problems us book addicts have is that the books we want to read always outstrip the books we can read.  And as a blogger I regularly dream of connecting my reading to current events and/or holidays and presenting a timely and insightful commentary on the appropriate date. Alas, it is most often not to be.  And today’s 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln‘s birthday is no different.  I had grand plans only to fall behind schedule and miss the...

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