MR. LINCOLN GOES TO WAR by WILLIAM MARVEL

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A groundbreaking study of the Civil War takes a close-up look at Lincoln's first year in office, from his inauguration, through the crisis of secession, and the first few months of war, drawing on original sources to provide a revisionist history of the war and of Lincoln's role in prosecuting the war.
 

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William Marvel is the author of Mr. Lincoln Goes to War, Lee’s Last Retreat, Andersonville, and several other acclaimed books on the Civil War. He has won a Lincoln Prize, the Douglas Southall Freeman Award, and the Bell Award.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by HOUGHTON MIFFLIN.
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Any attempt to enforce federal law in the South, Lincoln’s advisors told him, “would precipitate war.” By Marvel’s account, Lincoln welcomed the prospect, for the Union needed a renewed forging of bonds and federal authority needed to be extended over states’ rights—an argument still played out i...

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Marvel's characterization of Lincoln as a victim of tunnel vision, who launched a war without considering how devastating it might become, incorporates a certain present-mindedness.

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