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 want and whose imaginative and prescient observed the U.S. in the course of the Civil War

Abraham Lincoln towers above the others who've held the workplace of president—the icon of greatness, the pillar of energy whose phrases sure up the nation's wounds. His presidency is the hinge on which American background pivots, the time while the younger republic collapsed of its personal contradictions and a brand new delivery of freedom, sanctified through blood, created the USA we all know this present day. His tale has been advised repeatedly, yet by no means by means of a guy who himself sought the place of work of president and pondered the impressive duties that include it.

George S. McGovern—a Midwesterner, former U.S. senator, presidential candidate, veteran, and historian through training—offers his specified perception into our 16th president. He exhibits how Lincoln occasionally went off course, 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 during which all of his successors are measured.

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