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From the Publisher"A major contribution . . . which will be of great interest to students of the Old South and the Civil War."
— North Carolina Historical Review
"Whether or not Yancey was a man obsessed, this biography should be a book possessed."
— Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"Until now . . . 'the prince of Fire-eaters' has lacked a modern biography."
— Civil War History
"An admirable biography of a less than admirable man. . . . Thoroughly researched and skillfully argued, this book is a major contribution to our understanding of antebellum American politics and the coming of the Civil War. . . . Walther has written a superb book, an often-disturbing exploration of a politics of anger and fear. It is a book that no one interested in American history should ignore."
— Alabama Review
"Gives historians their first close look at this straw man of secession. . . . The research is in impressive. . . . Scholars will thank Walther for finally giving them a full portrait of this intriguing figure."
— The Historian
"Walther has not only exhaustively explored the sources for Yancey's life, but he has written a careful and judicious biography of a man known for his fiery words and actions in the nation's greatest crisis."
— South Carolina Historical Magazine