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From one of our most acclaimed new biographersand#8212;the first full life of the leader of Lincolnand#8217;s and#8220;team of rivalsand#8221; to appear in more than forty years.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century. Progressive governor of New York and outspoken US senator, he was the odds-on favorite to win the 1860 Republican nomination for president. As secretary of state and Lincolnand#8217;s closest adviser during the Civil War, Seward not only managed foreign affairs but had a substantial role in military, political, and personnel matters.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Some of Lincolnand#8217;s critics even saw Seward, erroneously, as the power behind the throne; this is why John Wilkes Booth and his colleagues attempted to kill Seward as well as Lincoln. Seward survived the assassinand#8217;s attack, continued as secretary of state, and emerged as a staunch supporter of President Andrew Johnson, Lincolnand#8217;s controversial successor. Through his purchase of Alaska (and#8220;Sewardand#8217;s Follyand#8221;), and his groundwork for the purchase of the Canal Zone and other territory, Seward set America on course to become a world empire.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Seward was not only important, he was fascinating. Most nights this well-known raconteur with unruly hair and untidy clothes would gather diplomats, soldiers, politicians, or actors around his table to enjoy a cigar, a drink, and a good story. Drawing on hundreds of sources not available to or neglected by previous biographers, Walter Stahrand#8217;s bestselling biography sheds new light on this complex and central figure, as well as on pivotal events of the Civil War and its aftermath.

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"Many readers will be acquainted with William Henry Seward from Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals. Stahr gives us a first-rate biography of that team's major figure, Lincoln's secretary of state. It's the first full one in decades and, if over-stuffed, by far the best. Stahr, whose biographic skills were in full display in his study of John Jay, has his hands full: Seward was New York governor and senator, then a rival for Lincoln's place on the 1860 presidential ticket, finally senior cabinet officer — a long, complex life and career. Seward proved among the most accomplished secretaries of state in American history. Among other things, he kept Britain out of the Civil War, then negotiated the acquisition of Alaska for the U.S. Stahr struggles, mostly successfully, to keep the details of all this under control. While calling Seward 'the foremost American statesman of the nineteenth century' (though most historians would agree that John Quincy Adams surpasses Seward even among secretaries of state), Stahr's biography is no whitewash. He records the man's shortcomings and the enmities he made among other notable people. But there's no doubting that this formidable figure has finally gained the biographer he's long deserved. 16 pages of b&w photos, 3 maps. Agent: Scott Waxman, Waxman Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

From one of our most acclaimed new biographers- the first full life of the leader of Lincolns “team of rivals” to appear in more than forty years. William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century. Progressive governor of New York and outspoken U.S. senator, he was the odds-on favorite to win the 1860 Republican nomination for president. As secretary of state and Lincolns closest adviser during the Civil War, Seward not only managed foreign affairs but had a substantial role in military, political, and personnel matters.Some of Lincolns critics even saw Seward, erroneously, as the power behind the throne; this is why John Wilkes Booth and his colleagues attempted to kill Seward as well as Lincoln. Seward survived the assassins attack, continued as secretary of state, and emerged as a staunch supporter of President Andrew Johnson, Lincolns controversial successor. Through his purchase of Alaska (“Sewards Folly”), and his groundwork for the purchase of the Canal Zone and other territory, Seward set America on course to become a world empire.Seward was not only important, he was fascinating. Most nights this well-known raconteur with unruly hair and untidy clothes would gather diplomats, soldiers, politicians, or actors around his table to enjoy a cigar, a drink, and a good story. Drawing on hundreds of sources not available to or neglected by previous biographers, Walter Stahr sheds new light on this complex and central figure, as well as on pivotal events of the Civil War and its aftermath.

About the Author

Walter Stahrandlt;Bandgt; andlt;/Bandgt;is the author of andlt;iandgt;John Jay: Founding Fatherandlt;/iandgt;, a biography of Americaand#8217;s first Supreme Court Chief Justice. He lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, and Newport Beach, California.

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ISBN:
9781439121160
Author:
Stahr, Walter
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Biography-Political
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
william h seward, william henry seward, about abraham lincoln, civil war information, lincoln book, walter stahr
Subject:
william h seward, william henry seward, about a
Subject:
braham lincoln, civil war information, lincoln book, walter stahr
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16pp b-w insert; 3 maps
Pages:
720
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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Product details 720 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781439121160 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Many readers will be acquainted with William Henry Seward from Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals. Stahr gives us a first-rate biography of that team's major figure, Lincoln's secretary of state. It's the first full one in decades and, if over-stuffed, by far the best. Stahr, whose biographic skills were in full display in his study of John Jay, has his hands full: Seward was New York governor and senator, then a rival for Lincoln's place on the 1860 presidential ticket, finally senior cabinet officer — a long, complex life and career. Seward proved among the most accomplished secretaries of state in American history. Among other things, he kept Britain out of the Civil War, then negotiated the acquisition of Alaska for the U.S. Stahr struggles, mostly successfully, to keep the details of all this under control. While calling Seward 'the foremost American statesman of the nineteenth century' (though most historians would agree that John Quincy Adams surpasses Seward even among secretaries of state), Stahr's biography is no whitewash. He records the man's shortcomings and the enmities he made among other notable people. But there's no doubting that this formidable figure has finally gained the biographer he's long deserved. 16 pages of b&w photos, 3 maps. Agent: Scott Waxman, Waxman Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , From one of our most acclaimed new biographers- the first full life of the leader of Lincolns “team of rivals” to appear in more than forty years. William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century. Progressive governor of New York and outspoken U.S. senator, he was the odds-on favorite to win the 1860 Republican nomination for president. As secretary of state and Lincolns closest adviser during the Civil War, Seward not only managed foreign affairs but had a substantial role in military, political, and personnel matters.Some of Lincolns critics even saw Seward, erroneously, as the power behind the throne; this is why John Wilkes Booth and his colleagues attempted to kill Seward as well as Lincoln. Seward survived the assassins attack, continued as secretary of state, and emerged as a staunch supporter of President Andrew Johnson, Lincolns controversial successor. Through his purchase of Alaska (“Sewards Folly”), and his groundwork for the purchase of the Canal Zone and other territory, Seward set America on course to become a world empire.Seward was not only important, he was fascinating. Most nights this well-known raconteur with unruly hair and untidy clothes would gather diplomats, soldiers, politicians, or actors around his table to enjoy a cigar, a drink, and a good story. Drawing on hundreds of sources not available to or neglected by previous biographers, Walter Stahr sheds new light on this complex and central figure, as well as on pivotal events of the Civil War and its aftermath.
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