Days of Defiance: Sumter, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War [NOOK Book]

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“Illuminating and well-written. . . . Deserves a place in the highest ranks of Civil War scholarship.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer 

In November 1860, telegraph lines carried the news that Abraham Lincoln had been elected president. Over the next five months the United States drifted, stumbled, and finally plunged into the most destructive war this country has ever faced. With a masterful eye for the telling detail, Maury Klein provides ...
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Overview

“Illuminating and well-written. . . . Deserves a place in the highest ranks of Civil War scholarship.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer 

In November 1860, telegraph lines carried the news that Abraham Lincoln had been elected president. Over the next five months the United States drifted, stumbled, and finally plunged into the most destructive war this country has ever faced. With a masterful eye for the telling detail, Maury Klein provides fascinating new insights into the period from the election of Abraham Lincoln to the shelling of Fort Sumter.

Klein brings the key players in the tragedy unforgettably to life: from the vacillating lame-duck President Buchanan to the taciturn, elusive, and relatively unknown Abraham Lincoln; from Secretary of State Seward carrying on his own private negotiations with the South to Major Robert Anderson sitting in his island fortress awaiting reinforcements. Never has this immensely significant moment in our national story been so intelligently of so spellbindingly related.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307832252
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Series: Vintage Civil War Library
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 680,078
  • File size: 6 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    remarkable

    I read this book a while ago, and I plan on reading it again. This book dives the reader into the political dissaray if the mid 1800's. It talks about Bleeding Kansas, the Missouri Compromise, and many other "forgotten" aspects of our history. It is superbly written and reads almost like a story. It definitely inspired me to read more about the subject. There is more to do with the Civil War than just the battles! It is by understanding the political nature that led into the shelling of Ft. Sumter does the Civil War get the full breadth of importance and travesty, in my opinion.

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