By Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.,Sean Wilentz,George S. McGovern
America's maximum president, who rose to energy within the country's maximum hour of desire and whose imaginative and prescient observed the USA in the course of the Civil War
Abraham Lincoln towers above the others who've held the workplace of president—the icon of greatness, the pillar of energy whose phrases certain up the nation's wounds. His presidency is the hinge on which American historical past pivots, the time while the younger republic collapsed of its personal contradictions and a brand new delivery of freedom, sanctified by way of blood, created the us we all know this present day. His tale has been instructed again and again, yet by no means through a guy who himself sought the workplace of president and meditated the outstanding duties that include it.
George S. McGovern—a Midwesterner, former U.S. senator, presidential candidate, veteran, and historian through training—offers his detailed perception into our 16th president. He indicates how Lincoln occasionally went off target, quite in his regulations on civil liberties, but additionally how he adjusted his attractions and reworked the Civil warfare from a political dispute to an ethical campaign. McGovern's account reminds us why we carry Lincoln in such esteem and why he is still the normal through which all of his successors are measured.
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