“Very good. Multiple, mini-biographies wrapped into a historical account of Lincoln's presidency. I knew nothing of Lincoln's cabinet. And there is surprisingly little mention of future president, Andrew Johnson, as the vice president.
I enjoyed the premise of the book which is highlighting Lincoln's ability to see past other people's dislike of him and believed him to be both stupid and completely incapable of doing anything, much less being president. Like much of the frustration with public education, these are things that teachers probably don't know -despite being history or civics/government teachers- or if they do, they don't emphasize some of these interesting side notes when teaching history to young people. Granted, this book wasn't in print when i was in high school, but we spent more time memorizing dates of battles and names of generals than we did discussing the various causes that led up to the war.
My main takeaway from the book was topical and somewhat of a sideline. It occurs on Page XXXX”