War of Words: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Press [NOOK Book]

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A shrewd politician, Abraham Lincoln recognized the power of the press. He knew that, at most, a few thousand people might hear one of his speeches in person, but countless readers across the nation would absorb his message through newspapers. While he was always under fire by some hostile portion of the openly partisan nineteenth-century media, through the careful cultivation of relationships Lincoln successfully wooed numerous prominent newspapermen into aiding his agenda. Whether he was editing his own speech ...
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Overview

A shrewd politician, Abraham Lincoln recognized the power of the press. He knew that, at most, a few thousand people might hear one of his speeches in person, but countless readers across the nation would absorb his message through newspapers. While he was always under fire by some hostile portion of the openly partisan nineteenth-century media, through the careful cultivation of relationships Lincoln successfully wooed numerous prominent newspapermen into aiding his agenda. Whether he was editing his own speech in a newspaper office or inviting reporters to the White House to leak a story, the President skillfully steered the Union through the perils of war by playing his own version of the public relations game.
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Modern politicians are quite aware that the support of the press can make or break their careers. Here, Maihafer, a West Point graduate, retired U.S. Army officer, and author of The General and the Journalists: Ulysses S. Grant, Horace Greeley, and Charles Dana, examines the media savvy of Abraham Lincoln, long recognized as a masterly politician. Tracing the evolution of Lincoln's political career and his relationship with the press, he demonstrates how Lincoln, who was not as highly regarded in his day as he would become later, worked with this important group to promote himself and his agenda and build support for the Union cause. This engagingly written book would be enjoyed by the general reader, but because so much has been written on Lincoln, libraries that already own, for example, Michael Burlingame's Lincoln's Journalist: John Hay's Anonymous Writings for the Press, 1860-1864 or Lincoln Observed: The Civil War Dispatches of Noah Brooks, which examines Lincoln's relationship with individual writers, may wish to think twice about buying it. Theresa R. McDevitt, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612344355
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Preface: Lincoln and the Media vii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 "Cook County Is for Abraham Lincoln" 4
Chapter 2 "Honest Old Abe" 17
Chapter 3 "The Better Angels of Our Nature" 31
Chapter 4 "In the Depths of Bitterness" 43
Chapter 5 "As Deep as a Well" 57
Chapter 6 "I Would Save the Union" 72
Chapter 7 "A Worse Place Than Hell" 86
Chapter 8 "I'll Copy the Short One" 98
Chapter 9 "The Very Best I Can" 112
Chapter 10 "The Promise Must Be Kept" 124
Chapter 11 "All Men are Created Equal" 139
Chapter 12 "Why, Here Is General Grant!" 154
Chapter 13 "I Begin to See It" 167
Chapter 14 "Get Down, You Damn Fool!" 182
Chapter 15 "We Fly the Banner of Abraham Lincoln!" 196
Chapter 16 "Not a Vindictive Man" 212
Chapter 17 "With Malice toward None" 227
Chapter 18 "A Righteous and Speedy Peace" 241
Notes 256
Bibliography 281
Index 286
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2002

    A Lincoln Seldom Seen

    Harry Maihafer¿s recent WAR OF WORDS: ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THE CIVIL WAR PRESS, is more than a very good book -- it is uncommonly interesting. Consider: In the rush to declare Lincoln a Presidential saint, many Americans have overlooked the fact that he almost lost the Civil War. He was totally unprepared to perform as Commander-in-Chief. Henry Halleck and later Ulysses Grant tried to save him from blundering, but Lincoln had no one to help him mobilize and maintain Northerners¿ support for the war effort. How he overcame this obstacle is the story Harry Maihafer tells in WAR OF WORDS. This is a Lincoln seldom seen, a man beset repeatedly by losses in battles but able to respond to public opinion challenges through his own resources. And as a result, Maihafer¿s revelations add considerably to the pro-sainthood case.

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