In the blistering summer of 1861, President Lincoln began pressuring and ordering the physical shutdown of any Northern newspaper that voiced opposition to the war. These attacks were sometimes carried out by soldiers, sometimes by angry mobs under cover of darkness. Either way, the effect was a complete dismantling of the free press.
In the midst stood publisher John Hodgson, an angry bigot so hated that a local newspaper gleefully reported his defeat in a bar fight. He was also firmly against Lincoln and the war--an opinion he expressed loudly through his newspaper.
When his press was destroyed, first by a mob, then by U.S. Marshals "upon authority of the President of the United States," Hodgson decided to take on the entire United States. Thus began a trial in which one small-town publisher risked imprisonment or worse, and the future of free speech hung in the balance.
Based on 10 years of original research, Lincoln's Wrath brings to life one of the most gripping, dramatic and unknown stories of U.S. history.
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About the Author
Jeffrey Manber has published more than 50 articles in publications such as the New York Times and has been interviewed on CNN and other networks. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Everyone is on the Lincoln bandwagon. But, few cast a critical eye to investigate the cunning and manipulative side of Lincoln that few of us know. Lincoln's Wrath illuminates one President's brillance in dealing with the media ... censoring opposition press at the cost of civil liberties. While this is a strategic approach, it's not always the right one. (John Hodgson, the guy that Lincoln loathes, is not a likable character. But because he champions free speech, you might find that what he represents is exactly why you're drawn into the story.) Lincoln was a master at wielding and controlling power. And thank God for the Constitution. Otherwise, history would have written a very different story if Lincoln got his way. This is a good read. And timely, regardless of your political view.