Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year

Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year

by David Von Drehle
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Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year by David Von Drehle

The electrifying story of Abraham Lincoln's rise to greatness during the most perilous year in our nation’s history

As 1862 dawned, the American republic was at death's door. The federal government appeared overwhelmed, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Union’s top general was gravely ill. The Confederacy—with its booming economy, expert military leadership, and commanding position on the battlefield—had a clear view to victory. To a remarkable extent, the survival of the country depended on the judgment, cunning, and resilience of the unschooled frontier lawyer who had recently been elected president.

Twelve months later, the Civil War had become a cataclysm but the tide had turned. The Union generals who would win the war had at last emerged, and the Confederate Army had suffered the key losses that would lead to its doom. The blueprint of modern America—an expanding colossus of industrial and financial might—had been indelibly inked. And the man who brought the nation through its darkest hour, Abraham Lincoln, had been forged into a singular leader.

In 1862, acclaimed author David Von Drehle has created both a deeply human portrait of America’s greatest president and a rich, dramatic narrative about our most fateful year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805079708
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

David von Drehle is the author of three previous books, including the award-winning Triangle, a history of the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire that The New York Times called "social history at its best." An editor-at-large at Time magazine, he and his family live in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Lone_Ranger More than 1 year ago
Very interesting book...The chapters are broken up by each month of the year and goes into details of the issues/conflicts facing Abraham Lincoln. One major piece of the book is Lincoln dealing with his Generals, especially General George McCellan. Another major piece is the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln's thoughts and timing of it. The concerns/issues keeping the European Countries out of the conflict, especially Great Britain and France. The book was enjoyable, and any Lincoln or Civil War aficionado will also fine pleasure in it. The year 1862 definitely was a make or break year for the Union.
GusCA More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting. I loved how the author put extensive detail in what Lincoln had to go through during the civil war. The author amazingly showed all the struggles that Lincoln had to go through. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Von Drehle has a way of making historical figures come to life. Most portraits of Lincoln seem to paint him as a one-dimensional character. However, he is anything but. He is surrounded by generals who are not enthusiastic about the war and seem to sabotage him every step of the way and he is reluctant to get rid of them. Lincoln also has a manipulative, sneaky side to him that is surprising. He is plagued by personal tragedy and military and political ineptitude. It is surprising we survived as a nation at all. Many of our current policies and institutions were started during this time period for very specific reasons-it is a very enlightening book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great work by Von Drehle. In Greatness, Gen. Burnside is called a stupid general for attempting to break through the fortified rebel ridge at Fredericksburg. Funny thing is that Lee is not called stupi when he attempted a very similar act at Gettysburg. Lee is treated too kindly by history/nation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to prove to my husband that I could read something "serious," and I am so glad that I did. Unlike most nonfiction history books, the writing flows smoothly and you have no trouble at all finding yourself in Washington during the Civil War. Von Drehle is able to write accurate and detailed accounts of Lincoln's struggles during the second year of the war, not only his personal struggles, but also the struggles of leading country and men who at times did not want to go where they should, without getting bogged down in his own rhetoric. I highly recommend this book for both history, and non history, buffs.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son is very interested in any facts written about Lincoln so I gave him this as a gift for Christmas. He liked it.
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