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Six Encounters With Lincoln

a President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons
Jul 08, 2021arewin rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is not your "typical" history of the Civil War. It is a revealing analysis of Lincoln's presidency. The author points out that the hagiography of Lincoln started almost immediately after his assassination; as a result there have not been many, if any, detailed analyses of Lincoln's actions as President. The author describes Lincoln's actions in the context of his personality and his interactions with others. It is often not a laudatory picture. One take away for me was that politically we invest a President with the power to do what they (or we) want them to do, and we ignore the political realities of the different power groups. This was a fascinating read and I highly recommend it.