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Mr. Lincoln's High-Tech War: How the North Used the Telegraph, Railroads, Surveillance Balloons, Ironclads, High-Powered Weapons, and More to Win t


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Thomas B. Allens expertise in military history and strategy is combined with Roger MacBride Allens knowledge of technology to reveal a lesser-known yet fascinating side of the 16th president of the United States. Their authoritative narrative reveals Lincoln as our nations first hands-on Commander-in-Chief, whose appreciation for the power of technology plays a critical role in the Norths Civil War victory over the less developed South.

Readers meet Lincoln as he exchanges vital telegraph messages with his generals in the field; we witness his inspection of new ship models at the Navy Yard; we view the president target-shooting with the designer of a new kind of rifle; and we follow Lincoln, the man of action, as he leads a daring raid to recapture Norfolk, VA.

The books historic sweep also sets Abraham Lincoln in the context of his military era: we learn about the Norths Anaconda Plan, the Souths counter strategies, and how the concept of total war replaced the old Napoleonic way of fighting. Readers will come away with a rich sense of a leader who lived through one of the most exciting ages of technological and social change in America. With archival photographs, artwork, and maps, Mr. Lincolns High-Tech War brings alive a time when the railroad brought soldiers and to and from the battlefields, when hot-air balloons were used for surveillance, and when ironclad warships revolutionized naval warfare.

The Allens detailed study demonstrates why Lincolns appreciation of the importance of technology, his understanding of the art of war, and his mastery of military strategy were key elements in the winning of the American Civil War.


The only president ever to be granted a patent (for a device to lift boats over shoals), Lincoln pushed for technological advances throughout his presidency. Father-and-son co-authors Thomas Allen and Roger Allen present the opportunities for invention during the grim and drawn-out Civil War. "The old (kind of) war banged and jostled against the new war," the Allens write, noting that although the... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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This history lesson for general readership walks the reader through the American Civil War by way of the technologies that allowed Abraham Lincoln and the Union forces to triumph over the Confederacy. The text, loosely laid out in the style of a 19th century newspaper, is supported by b&w primary source materials (photographs, paintings, and political cartoons), as well as contemporary illustrations. Chapters address the involvement in the war of military mass production and the Dahlgren gun, the hot-air balloon, land torpedoes (used by the South), naval technology, photography, the Spencer Repeating Rifle, and civic constructions such as bridges and railroads, among other technologies. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (



About the Author

Thomas B. Allen has written several military history and espionage titles, including the highly acclaimed Remember Pearl Harbor and George Washington, Spymaster for National Geographic Childrens Books. He lives in Takoma Park, MD.

Roger MacBride Allen is the author of 17 science fiction novels. This is his first book for National Geographic Childrens Books and his first book for children.

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Allen, Thomas B.
National Geographic Society
Allen, Roger MacBride
United States - Civil War
Children s All Ages - History - General History
History - United States/Civil War
History - Military & Wars
Technology -- History.
Lincoln, Abraham
Technology -- United States -- History.
United States - General
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-
Children s Nonfiction-World History
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