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At the beginning of 1864, the Civil War was far from won; terrible and bloody Union setbacks and casualties lay ahead. But as Lincoln and the nation ended the year, the war’s end was in sight and slavery was on the verge of extinction. And, despite all the turmoil of war and political infighting, Lincoln also set the stage for a new era of westward expansion. .
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Product dimensions:||6.38(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.33(d)|
About the Author
Mel Foster, an audiobook narrator since 2002, won an Audie Award for Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey. He has also won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. Best known for mysteries, Mel has also narrated classic authors such as Thoreau, Nabokov, and Whitman.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Beleaguered Giant 1
Chapter 2 Steering into a Stormy Year 33
Chapter 3 Lincoln Juggles in the "Shop"; Grant Comes East 52
Chapter 4 On the Verge of the Great Collision 65
Chapter 5 Troubled Military and Political Campaigns 98
Chapter 6 Trimming the Political Tree 118
Chapter 7 "I Begin to See It"-The Elusive "It" 145
Chapter 8 A Pretty Place from Which to Drop into a Dark, Dramatic Summer 174
Chapter 9 Trying to Pick Up the Military and Political Pieces 208
Chapter 10 August: The Darkest Month 245
Chapter 11 Six Words from Sherman 279
Chapter 12 Sheridan Goes In; Lincoln Gets Out the Vote 291
Chapter 13 The Final Mile to the Polls: Rocks, Smooth Places, Puzzles 344
Chapter 14 The Forty-eight-Hour Election Day 362
Chapter 15 An Epic Year Begins Its Dramatic Close 379
Chapter 16 Lincoln's Last Christmas 410
Chapter 17 Goodbye, Mr. Lincoln 422
What People are Saying About This
"The book is as adept at analyzing Lincoln's choices as at showing what they meant to his ravaged nation." -The New York Times
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have spent the year reading everything I could get my hands on about Abraham Lincoln. As the most popular subject(person) of all time to write about, I understand that it is tough to find new information on Lincoln. Concentrating on the last full year of his life was an interesting angle. If a person chooses this book to read, I am sure he or she would enjoy it. The writing is fluid and easy to read. The storytelling aspect is readable, but somewhat choppy. If a person were to choose one book to read about Abraham Lincoln, I would recommend Ron White's recently published biography.
1864 is an excellent work on Lincoln and the last year of the Civil War. The reader gets a more indepth view of Lincoln, the man, the president & the politician. This book isn't a glossy hero worshiping bio but a well researched and developed American history book. This work is one of those I'll keep on the bookshelf.
Flood's book presents many engaging stories of Lincoln's final year or so as president. The Lincoln stories abound in this volume. Many of them illustrate the character of man who found himself in one of those trying times as leader during difficulties. This book is a slow, plodding read, but in the end, it adds so much more to what we know about Lincoln.
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