An account of Lincoln's career - from his entry into politics until his death - depicted in terms of his relationships with his allies and rivals; this book emphasizes the political savvy and brilliance of one of the greatest leaders in one of the most difficult times in US history
“Even as a child, Lincoln dreamed heroic dreams. From the outset he was cognizant of a destiny far beyond that of his unlettered father and hardscrabble childhood.”
“"True Democracy makes no enquiry about the color of the skin, or the place of nativity," he ardently claimed. "Wherever it sees a man, it recognizes a being endowed by his Creator with original inalienable rights."”Salmon P. Chase
“Soon a favorite among his fellow boarders, Lincoln was always ready with a story or anedote to entertain, persuade, or defuse argument. Samuel Busey, a young doctor who took his meals at the boardinghouse, recalled that whenever Lincoln was about to tell a story, "he would lay down his knife and fork, place his elbows upon the table, rest his face between his hands, and begin with the words 'that reminds me,' and proceed. Everyone prepared for the explosions sure to follow."”
“On December 13, less than two weeks after his arrival in Washington, Lincoln wrote his law partner, William Herndon: "As you are all so anxious for me to distinguish myself, I have concluded to do so, before long."”
Table of Contents
Part I: THE RIVALS
1. Four Men Waiting
2. The "Longing to Rise"
3. The Lure of Politics
4. "Plunder & Conquest"
5. The Turbulent Fifties
6. The Gathering Storm
7. Countdown to the Nomination
8. Showdown in Chicago
9. "A Man Knows His Own Name"
10. "An Intensified Crossword Puzzle"
11. "I Am Now Public Property"
Part II: MASTER AMONG MEN
12. "Mystic Chords of Memory": Spring 1861
13. "The Ball Has Opened": Summer 1861
14. "I Do Not Intend to Be Sacrificed": Fall 1861
15. "My Boy Is Gone": Winter 1862
16. "He Was Simply Out-Generaled": Spring 1862
17. "We Are in the Depths": Summer 1862
18. "My Word Is Out": Fall 1862
19. "Fire in the Rear": Winter-Spring 1863
20. "The Tycoon Is in Fine Whack": Summer 1863
21. "I Feel Trouble in the Air": Summer-Fall 1863
22. "Still in Wild Water": Fall 1863
23. "There's a Man in It!": Winter-Spring 1864
24. "Atlanta Is Ours": Summer-Fall 1864
25. "A Sacred Effort": Winter 1864-1865
26. The Final Weeks: Spring 1865
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