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Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

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    Very interesting book...The chapters are broken up by each month

    Very interesting book...The chapters are broken up by each month of the year and goes into details of the issues/conflicts facing Abraham Lincoln. One major piece of the book is Lincoln dealing with his Generals, especially General George McCellan. Another major piece is the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln's thoughts and timing of it. The concerns/issues keeping the European Countries out of the conflict, especially Great Britain and France. The book was enjoyable, and any Lincoln or Civil War aficionado will also fine pleasure in it.
    The year 1862 definitely was a make or break year for the Union.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

    This book was interesting. I loved how the author put extensive

    This book was interesting. I loved how the author put extensive detail in what Lincoln had to go through during the civil war. The author amazingly showed all the struggles that Lincoln had to go through. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Exceptional read.

    Von Drehle has a way of making historical figures come to life. Most portraits of Lincoln seem to paint him as a one-dimensional character. However, he is anything but. He is surrounded by generals who are not enthusiastic about the war and seem to sabotage him every step of the way and he is reluctant to get rid of them. Lincoln also has a manipulative, sneaky side to him that is surprising. He is plagued by personal tragedy and military and political ineptitude. It is surprising we survived as a nation at all. Many of our current policies and institutions were started during this time period for very specific reasons-it is a very enlightening book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Great work by Von Drehle. In Greatness, Gen. Burnside is called

    Great work by Von Drehle. In Greatness, Gen. Burnside is called a stupid general for attempting to break through the fortified rebel ridge at Fredericksburg. Funny thing is that Lee is not called stupi when he attempted a very similar act at Gettysburg. Lee is treated too kindly by history/nation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Heard it was a good book to give as a gift.

    My son is very interested in any facts written about Lincoln so I gave him this as a gift for Christmas. He liked it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Excellent

    Excellent.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    I bought this book to prove to my husband that I could read something "serious," and I am so glad that I did. Unlike most nonfiction history books, the writing flows smoothly and you have no trouble at all finding yourself in Washington during the Civil War. Von Drehle is able to write accurate and detailed accounts of Lincoln's struggles during the second year of the war, not only his personal struggles, but also the struggles of leading country and men who at times did not want to go where they should, without getting bogged down in his own rhetoric. I highly recommend this book for both history, and non history, buffs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 31, 2014

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    Posted October 30, 2012

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