Lincoln's Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and His Presidency

Lincoln's Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and His Presidency

by Elizabeth Smith Brownstein


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ISBN-13: 9781681620008
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/01/2005
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 1,007,520
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Born, raised, and educated Taunton, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Smith Brownstein found a love of history veryearly in life. She furthered her intense interest in American history at Wellesley CollegeandTheLondon School of Economics and Political Science. Her career, spent largely in the production of public affairs programs and cultural documentaries for both publicandcommercial television, began at CBS headquarters in New York City, where forfour years Iserved as chief television researcher. Elizabeth has worked as writer, researcher, and producer for some ofthedistinguished, intellectually demanding figures in television: Lawrence Spivak, Eric Sevareid, Martin Agronsky, Adrian Malone, and Martin Carr.

Since theage of 18, Elizabeth has traveled widely in the United States, Europe, and Africa. She traveled across America, visiting over 125 potential sites in 20 states doing researchfor her first book, If This House Could Talk…Historic Homes, Extraordinary Americans (Simon & Schuster 1999). Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield, Illinois house, the only home he ever owned, was included in the book. Intensiveresearch on that site, together with childhood intrigue for her father’s small Lincolnianacollection, furnished the base from which she began working on Lincoln’s Other White House.

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Table of Contents

Part 1Lincoln's Long Journey to the Soldiers' Home
2The Riggs Villa13
3Washington and the White House19
Part 2Lincoln at the Soldiers' Home
4Embattled Retreat53
5The Lincoln Marriage81
6Lincoln's Achilles' Heel93
7Lincoln's Favorite Storytellers103
8Lincoln and Freedom113
9Poems on Slavery135
10Lincoln's Secretary of War141
11Lincoln and the Tools of War150
12Lincoln's Quartermaster General158
13Lincoln as Commander in Chief: The Soldiers164
14The Generals182
15The Political General: Daniel Sickles185
16The Professional General: Joseph Hooker191
17The Political General: Benjamin Butler199
18Lincoln and His Cabinet209
Additional Sources251

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"Elizabeth Smith Brownstein promises new material and perspectives beyond the familiar Lincolnalia and she delivers. Lincoln’s Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and His Presidency is an engrossing account of Lincoln that centers on the Soldiers Home, but ranges well beyond the presidential retreat to consider a variety of topics—his marriage, his views on emancipation and race, even his relationship with Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. This is a significant contribution to the study of the man and to his times and place."
-- Jean Baker, Professor of History at Goucher College

"Only on occasion does the unceasing flow of new Lincoln titles yield a book of fresh insight and graceful prose. Lincoln's Other White House has that rare distinction. Elizabeth Brownstein vividly captures life at the Soldiers’ Home, where the Lincolns found relief from wartime and White House stress. More than an account of their summer residence, this book also offers lively vignettes and thoughtful assessments of the Union generals, cabinet offices, politicians, and friends who visited him there."
--Cullom Davis, Editor, Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln

"This vivid new book will finally help the Soldier's Home find its rightful place in the epic of Lincoln's life alongside the Kentucky log cabin in which he was born, the house in Springfield, Illinois that symbolized his rise from poverty, and the Executive Mansion from which he directed the war that kept the country from coming apart."
--Geoffrey C. Ward, author of The Civil War: An Illustrated History

"This valuable, enjoyable, and unusual book not only makes known the importance of the Soldiers’ Home in the Lincoln story, but also is loaded with anecdotes, characters, poems, episodes, parodies by humorists, facts that one did not know. It ranges widely in a lively presentation of the domestic Lincoln, and of the place he spent 13 months of his presidency. I read it with profit and pleasure and recommend it highly."
--William Lee Miller, author of Lincoln's Virtues: An Ethical Biography

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