Synopses & Reviews
An original and deeply insightful biography of Abraham Lincoln, already awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize.
As a defender of national unity, a leader in war, and the emancipator of slaves, Abraham Lincoln lays ample claim to being the greatest of our presidents. But the story of his rise to greatness is as complex as it is compelling. In this superb biography, the highly regarded Oxford University historian Richard Carwardine examines Lincoln both in his dramatic political journey and in his nation-shaping White House years. Through his groundbreaking research, Carwardine probes the sources of Lincolns moral and political philosophy. We see how, while pursuing office, Lincoln drew strength from public opinion and the machinery of his party. We see him, as a wartime president, recognizing the limits as well as the possibilities of power, and the necessity of looking for support beyond his own administration. We see how he turned to the churches, to their humanitarian agencies, and to the volunteer Union Army for allies in his struggle to end slavery.
In illuminating the political talents that went hand in hand with large and serious moral purpose, Carwardine gives us a fresh, important portrait of the incomparable Abraham Lincoln.
This original and insightful biography of Abraham Lincoln has already been awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize.
About the Author
Richard Carwardine, the Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University, is the first British scholar to be awarded the Lincoln Prize, the largest award in the United States for nineteeth-century American history. His previous work includes Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America. He lives in Oxford.
Table of Contents
1. Inner Power: Lincolns Ambition and Political Vision, 1809-54
2. The Power of Opinion: Lincoln, the Illinois Public, and the New Political Order, 1854-58
3. The Power of Party:Winning the Presidency, 1858-60
4. The Limits of Power: From President-Elect to War President, 1860-61
5. The Purposes of Power: Evolving Objectives, 1861-65
6. The Instruments of Power: Coercion and Voluntary Mobilization, 1861-65
7. The Potency of Death
Chronology of Lincolns Life
Select Glossary of Terms