366 Days in Abraham Lincoln's Presidency: The Private, Political, and Military Decisions of America's Greatest President

366 Days in Abraham Lincoln's Presidency: The Private, Political, and Military Decisions of America's Greatest President

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by Stephen A. Wynalda
     
 

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In a startlingly innovative format, journalist Stephen A. Wynalda has constructed a painstakingly detailed day-by-day breakdown of president Abraham Lincoln’s decisions in office—including his signing of the Homestead Act on May 20, 1862; his signing of the legislation enacting the first federal income tax on August 5, 1861; and more personal incidents…  See more details below

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In a startlingly innovative format, journalist Stephen A. Wynalda has constructed a painstakingly detailed day-by-day breakdown of president Abraham Lincoln’s decisions in office—including his signing of the Homestead Act on May 20, 1862; his signing of the legislation enacting the first federal income tax on August 5, 1861; and more personal incidents like the day his eleven-year-old son, Willie, died. Revealed are Lincoln’s private frustrations on September 28, 1862, as he wrote to vice president Hannibal Hamlin, “The North responds to the [Emancipation] proclamation sufficiently with breath; but breath alone kills no rebels.”

366 Days in Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency includes fascinating facts like how Lincoln hated to hunt but loved to fire guns near the unfinished Washington monument, how he was the only president to own a patent, and how he recited Scottish poetry to relieve stress. As Scottish historian Hugh Blair said, “It is from private life, from familiar, domestic, and seemingly trivial occurrences, that we most often receive light into the real character.”

Covering 366 nonconsecutive days (including a leap day) of Lincoln’s presidency, this is a rich, exciting new perspective of our most famous president. This is a must-have edition for any historian, military history or civil war buff, or reader of biographies.

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“With calendar-style organization showing Lincoln’s attitudes and responses to the course of events, Wynalda’s vignettes accessibly introduce the Civil War’s key historical character.”
Library Journal
Wynalda, a Civil War buff and freelance writer, insists that the way to understand Lincoln is in discovering "the little things in his life," and he does so by offering a calendar of Lincoln's thoughts and actions from his election as President in 1860 through his death in April 1865. Drawing on contemporary documents, Wynalda reconstructs Lincoln's musings and comings and goings in chronological order, giving each day a particular focus, such as Lincoln as family man, as military planner, as political strategist, as storyteller, and with Wynalda's take on critical issues such as racism, emancipation, and war policy inserted throughout. The arrangement works well in showing Lincoln's evolving thought and in pointing to the connections between the private and public man. Wynalda has a novelist's eye for the telling detail, and he shows common sense and a good command of the Lincoln literature in his assessments of the President. If he sometimes relies too much on others' memories of Lincoln, which can be suspect, he does "get Lincoln" in ways that humanize him, which, in turn, points to those qualities of empathy and reflection that made Lincoln the very soul of the people. VERDICT Recommended for all Lincoln students and enthusiasts.—Randall M. Miller, Saint Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602399945
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
05/18/2010
Pages:
720
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.10(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen A. Wynalda is a journalist, civil war buff, and freelance writer. His fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Camby, Indiana.

Harry Turtledove, acclaimed widely as the master of alternative history, has taught at UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, and Cal State Los Angeles. His novels include The Guns of the South, How Few Remain, Fort Pillow, and Sentry Peak, all of which deal in one way or another with the American Civil War and its aftermath.

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