Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution / Edition 1

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Overview

Lincoln is so revered and has become such a creature of myth that we forget he was a man -- noble and heroic, but also flawed, imperfect and human. James McPherson does us the great favor of showing Lincoln in his role as commander-in-chief -- a skillful politician, intuitive strategist, purposeful leader. Initially cautious, Lincoln moved more boldly with time.

McPherson looks closely at the President's role as commander-in-chief and explores his great rhetorical skills, uncovering how -- through parable and figurative language -- he was able to communicate the purpose and the meaning of the war to the people of the North. He shows us a Lincoln we have not seen before, one it is a pleasure to meet and know in his contradictions, complexity and depth.

McPherson, renowned historian and author of Battle Cry of Freedom, offers a series of thoughtful and engaging essays on aspects of Lincoln and the war that have rarely been discussed in depth. The Pulitzer Prize winner displays his keen insight and sterling prose as he examines critical themes in American history.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A stimulating group of essays, incorporating both McPherson's own work on the Civil War along with others like Eric Foner on Reconstruction."--John Tricamo, San Francisco State University

"Insightful, provocative, and thought provoking--A valuable source for understanding Lincoln and the longterm structural consequences of the Civil War."--Robert Ubriaco, Jr., Webster University

"Essays that go right to the heart of the meaning of the war and Abraham Lincoln's role in it....Crystal-clear, well-reasoned, supremely informed essays....McPherson deftly and convincingly sketches out how Lincoln's vision and leadership made the necessary revolution possible."--The New York Times Book Review

"McPherson makes a compelling case for the revolutionary nature of the war."--The Washington Post Book World

The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 58, No. 4 (Nov., 1992) - Peter J. Parish
James M. McPherson's preeminent position among the Civil War historians of his generation is surely beyond challenge. His authority has been established by magisterial works of synthesis characterized by exceptional skill in marshaling vast quantities of factual information. His new book demonstrates that he has equal virtuosity as an essayist. Although his style is seldom epigrammatic, his prose is muscular, direct, and uncluttered.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195076066
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 289,366
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
James M. McPherson is Edward Professor of American History at Princeton University. His books include Battle Cry of Freedom, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History, and Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction. His reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, Atlantic Monthly, and The New Republic.

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    1. Hometown:
      Princeton, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 11, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      Valley City, North Dakota
    1. Education:
      B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) 1958; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1963

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2010

    A small volume that speaks volumes

    This is a book I was required to read for an American History college course, but I'm glad it was mandatory, as I really enjoyed reading it, and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in American history. McPherson is an accessible writer, very clear and succinct, whose style is anything but dry and "textbook-like." For the definitive overview of the Civil War one might read his "Battle Cry of Freedom," but this small volume is worthy reading, presenting the intriguing idea that the Civil War was really "the second American revolution." It was enlightening and absorbing, and as a small aside, it actually brought me together with my new beau, because when he discovered I was reading a book by his favorite author, we compared notes, and the rest was. . .see what reading can lead to? ! Thanks, Mr. McPherson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    Awesome Book!

    It's an awesome book that explains the life of Abraham Lincoln in a very interesting way. It's definely a good book for anyone interested in this amazing president.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Excellent book!!

    This book takes a different look at Abraham Lincoln. It shows how the Civil War completely changed American society; not just by ending slavery, but by ending a balance of power that had existed between the North and South, agriculture & industry. The South did not fully participate in running the country for years after the war, and the North enacted laws that were favorable to industry. This country would be totally different if the Civil War had not happened.

    I wish I had read this book years ago.

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