Lincoln, the War President: The Gettysburg Lectures by Gabor S. Boritt

Lincoln, the War President: The Gettysburg Lectures

EditorGabor S. BorittAs told byKenneth M. Stampp

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"Americans interested in history need to make the pilgrimage to Gettysburg," writes Gabor Boritt in the Acknowledgments. In this book seven historians make that journey, five of them Pulitzer laureates, looking for Lincoln. Kenneth Stampp explores the issue of national self-determination,comparing the South's struggle for independence to others in history (including the post-Soviets in eastern Europe). Arthur Schlessinger, Jr. offers a provocative comparison of how Lincoln and our other outstanding war president, FDR, went beyond the limits of the Constitution--and why. David BrionDavis focuses on the moment of emancipation. Boritt traces Lincoln's transition from a strident war opponent as a young man to resolute war leader as president. Carl Degler compares the American attempt at national unification with the unifications of Italy, Germany, and other nations. Robert Brucecontrasts premonitions of civil war with Lincoln's reluctance to accept war as a possibility. And James McPherson establishes once and for all the war president's brilliance as a national strategist. These outstanding essays--all but one published here for the first time--offer a new understandingof a revolutionary epoch in American history, and of the role of the leader who helped transform the nation forever.

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Gabor Boritt is Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College. His books include Lincoln and the Economics of the American Dream and Why the Confederacy Lost.
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Title:Lincoln, the War President: The Gettysburg LecturesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 0.71 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"Seven sterling essays...Written by an impressive constellation of historians, including five Pulitzer winners....First-rate commentary by some of our finest historians on the President tested more than any other by war."--Kirkus Reviews