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Drawing on newly discovered documents in the National Archives, Lincoln’s War is the only full-length account to date on Abraham Lincoln as Com-mander in Chief. For the first time, readers will see the war unfold as Lincoln saw it. This wide-ranging account casts new light on Lincoln and his generals, his admirals, his controversial Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, and his outspoken confidant Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. The reader will also learn the true story of Lincoln’s experiences as a soldier and encounter Lincoln as amateur strategist, Lincoln in his relationship with black servicemen, Lincoln in his dealings with the Committee on the Conduct of the War, and Lincoln in his friendship with weapons pioneer Christopher Spencer, the creator of the Spencer repeater. And Lincoln’s War is filled with myriad illuminating anecdotes—including how the President, a frustrated inventor, liked to conduct his own hands-on weapons tests on waste ground near the White House. It was Lincoln who, over the course of four years, created the role of Commander in Chief as we know it today. In doing so he saved the Union and changed the nation. This was the most important of his duties, and his greatest success. In Lincoln’s War, Geoffrey Perret—the acclaimed biographer of Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy, and the author of four well-received works of military history, including A Country Made by War—offers an original, vivid portrait of both a great leader and a tumultuous conflict.… (mais)
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Título:Lincoln's war : the untold story of America's greatest president as commander in chief
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A very, very good book that will educate you immensely about the difficulties Lincoln encountered while trying to prosecute the civil war. Not being a significant study of the Civil War, I had no clue of how problematic Lincoln’s generals were in carrying out their battle duties. So many of them either did not want to engage the southern armies or harbored southern- and/or slavery-retention sympathies. It is truly amazing that Lincoln was able to eventually bring the south to its knees, despite the generals he had to work with. It was not until late in the war that Lincoln finally found himself some generals (Grant, Sherman and Sheridan) from the western theatre who, brought back east, finally put the Confederacy into surrender mode. The book was very informative; however, perhaps my only complaint was some time-shifts in the later chapters and the author really giving some short-shrift to the latter prosecution of the war under Grant, Sherman and Sheridan. So much of the book was spent primarily on those generals that did not want to fight. But perhaps it was the author’s intent to inform more about the lesser-known generals, and if that is so, the author did a pretty good job of it. Despite the book being historical non-fiction (and with some of those books sometimes being difficult or tough to get through), the author makes it a pretty readable recap. ( )
  highlander6022 | Nov 2, 2018 |
I really enjoyed this book. This book is not a chronological history of the war. Rather, each chapter illustrates a different aspect of how Lincoln ran the war. One chapter, for example, highlights Lincoln's interest in technological advances in war. Thus, this book is far more interesting than a mere chronological retelling of the war. If anyone wants to really understand how Lincoln ran the Civil War, I would really recommend this book. ( )
  estamm | Dec 3, 2010 |
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Drawing on newly discovered documents in the National Archives, Lincoln’s War is the only full-length account to date on Abraham Lincoln as Com-mander in Chief. For the first time, readers will see the war unfold as Lincoln saw it. This wide-ranging account casts new light on Lincoln and his generals, his admirals, his controversial Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, and his outspoken confidant Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. The reader will also learn the true story of Lincoln’s experiences as a soldier and encounter Lincoln as amateur strategist, Lincoln in his relationship with black servicemen, Lincoln in his dealings with the Committee on the Conduct of the War, and Lincoln in his friendship with weapons pioneer Christopher Spencer, the creator of the Spencer repeater. And Lincoln’s War is filled with myriad illuminating anecdotes—including how the President, a frustrated inventor, liked to conduct his own hands-on weapons tests on waste ground near the White House. It was Lincoln who, over the course of four years, created the role of Commander in Chief as we know it today. In doing so he saved the Union and changed the nation. This was the most important of his duties, and his greatest success. In Lincoln’s War, Geoffrey Perret—the acclaimed biographer of Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy, and the author of four well-received works of military history, including A Country Made by War—offers an original, vivid portrait of both a great leader and a tumultuous conflict.

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