By Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.,Sean Wilentz,George S. McGovern
America's maximum president, who rose to energy within the country's maximum hour of desire and whose imaginative and prescient observed the USA in the course of the Civil War
Abraham Lincoln towers above the others who've held the place of work of president—the icon of greatness, the pillar of energy whose phrases certain up the nation's wounds. His presidency is the hinge on which American heritage pivots, the time whilst the younger republic collapsed of its personal contradictions and a brand new start of freedom, sanctified via blood, created the USA we all know this present day. His tale has been instructed again and again, yet by no means through a guy who himself sought the place of work of president and meditated the striking tasks that include it.
George S. McGovern—a Midwesterner, former U.S. senator, presidential candidate, veteran, and historian by means of training—offers his detailed perception into our 16th president. He indicates how Lincoln occasionally went off track, fairly in his regulations on civil liberties, but additionally how he adjusted his attractions and reworked the Civil struggle from a political dispute to an ethical campaign. McGovern's account reminds us why we carry Lincoln in such esteem and why he continues to be the traditional wherein all of his successors are measured.
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