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Tried by war [sound recording] : Abraham Lincoln as commander in chief
McPherson, James M.
Adult Fiction E457.2 .M478 2008b

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Starred Review. Given the importance of Lincoln's role as commander-in-chief to the nation's very survival, says McPherson, this role has been underexamined. McPherson (Battle Cry of Freedom), the doyen of Civil War historians, offers firm evidence of Lincoln's military effectiveness in this typically well-reasoned, well-presented analysis. Lincoln exercised the right to take any necessary measures to preserve the union and majority rule, including violating longstanding civil liberties (though McPherson considers the infringements milder than those adopted by later presidents). As McPherson shows, Lincoln understood the synergy of political and military decision-making; the Emancipation Proclamation, for instance, harmonized the principles of union and freedom with a strategy of attacking the crucial Confederate resource of slave labor. Lincoln's commitment to linking policy and strategy made him the most hands-on American commander-in-chief; he oversaw strategy and offered operational advice, much of it shrewd and perceptive. Lincoln may have been an amateur of war, but McPherson successfully establishes him as America's greatest war leader. (Oct. 7) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

In a concise and convincing accounting of Lincoln as a hands-on war leader, McPherson (George Henry Davis '86 Professor of History, emeritus, Princeton; Battle Cry of Freedom) shows how military matters defined Lincoln's presidency and provided the means for redefining America by saving the democratic experiment and ending slavery. McPherson emphasizes Lincoln's ability to think clearly and creatively about military strategy, put aside personal preferences for the public good, enlist popular support by his appointment and management of military and government officers, mobilize public support by his speeches and correspondence, and win the war by understanding that military strategy must not be divorced from political context, with generals who understood that essential truth. Those familiar with McPherson's earlier Civil War books will recognize the thrust of his arguments, but readers in general will appreciate McPherson's graceful style, balanced assessments, and commonsense conclusions based on a complete command of the sources. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/08.]--RMM (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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