One Man Great Enough [NOOK Book]

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The award-winning historian John C.Waugh takes us on Lincoln’s road to the CivilWar. From Lincoln’s first public rejection of slavery to his secret arrival in the capital, from his stunning debates with Stephen Douglas to his more contemplative moments,Waugh shows us America as Lincoln saw it and as Lincoln described it.Much of this wonderful story is told by Lincoln himself, detailing through his own writing his emergence onto the political scene and the evolution of his beliefs about the Union, the ...
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One Man Great Enough

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Overview

The award-winning historian John C.Waugh takes us on Lincoln’s road to the CivilWar. From Lincoln’s first public rejection of slavery to his secret arrival in the capital, from his stunning debates with Stephen Douglas to his more contemplative moments,Waugh shows us America as Lincoln saw it and as Lincoln described it.Much of this wonderful story is told by Lincoln himself, detailing through his own writing his emergence onto the political scene and the evolution of his beliefs about the Union, the Constitution, democracy, slavery, and the buildup to the CivilWar. In this acclaimed biography,Waugh brings us ever closer to understanding this mysterious, complicated, and truly great man.
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PRAISE FOR ONE MAN GREAT ENOUGH

“A swift-paced narrative of Lincoln’s pre-presidential life.”—Washington Post Book World

“Waugh is a smooth and gifted writer . . . [His] description of life on the frontier and the prairies is fascinating.” —Newark Star-Ledger

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547350738
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/13/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

John C. Waugh is the award-winning author of four other books about the Civil War, two of which--Reelecting Lincoln and The Class of 1846--were Main Selections of the History Book Club. A former bureau chief of the Christian Science Monitor, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Civil War Times Illustrated. He lives in Pantego, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Uncoiling of the Serpent 1

Part 1 Who He Was and Where He Came From 5

1 The Dark and Bloody Ground 7

2 The Hoosier Years 11

Part 2 Making His Way 21

3 New Salem 23

4 Politics 33

5 Vandalia 39

Part 3 The Issue's Dark Side 47

6 Death in Alton 49

Part 4 Political Enemies and Female Enigmas 61

7 Springfield 63

8 Young Hickory 73

9 The Ballyhoo Campaign 85

10 Lincoln in Love 105

Part 5 On the National Stage 117

11 The Steam Engine in Breeches and the Engine that Knew No Rest 119

12 "Who Is James K. Polk?" 129

13 Laying Congressional Pipe 143

14 Seeing Spots 153

Part 6 Eclipse 165

15 Lincoln's Other Life 167

16 What He Had Become 183

17 Tempest 193

Part 7 Clash of the Giants 201

18 Lincoln Emerges 203

19 Political Earthquake 221

20 At the Crossroads 233

21 Axe Handles and Wedges 239

22 A House Divided 249

23 The Debates 265

Part 8 On the Glory Road 285

24 Spreading the Gospel 287

25 Cooper Union 295

26 Reaching for the Brass Ring 309

27 Chicago 319

Part 9 From Ballots to Bullets 339

28 The Four Legged Race 341

29 Firebell in the Night 359

30 Getting There 377

31 The War Comes 397

Epilogue: Twilight of the Little Giant 413

In Appreciation 419

Notes 422

Sources Cited 455

Index 464

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    one man enough

    President Lincoln had to much on his plate to make an objective conclusion about the Civil War and the how to handle the problem with slavery. Did he use the slave issue and the slaves to help the North win the war, or did he really wanted to free the slaves? If he had sat down with the South and decided upon a course of actio, states rights'and a compromise about slavery; do you think the war would have happened?

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