Tried by War by James M. McPherson
Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

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The Pulitzer Prize?winning author reveals how Lincoln won the Civil War and invented the role of commander in chief as we know it

As we celebrate the bicentennial of Lincoln?s birth, this study by preeminent, bestselling Civil War historian James M. McPherson provides a rare, fresh take on one of the most enigmatic figures in American history. Tried by War offers a revelatory (and timely) portrait of leadership during the greatest crisis our nation has ever endured. Suspenseful and inspiring, this is the story of how Lincoln, with almost no previous military experience before entering the White House, assumed the powers associated with the role of commander in chief, and through his strategic insight and will to fight changed the course of the war and saved the Union.

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About James M. McPherson

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JAMES M. McPHERSON is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous books on the Civil War, including Battle Cry of Freedom, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and For Cause and Comrades, which won the prestigious Lincoln prize. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Published October 7, 2008 by Penguin Books. 341 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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In a war of treason and rebellion, Lincoln had the insights that kept the United States and its military on the right course.

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Moreover, “Tried by War” does not merely flog an obvious horse — among the indelible events McPherson recounts in the wide-ranging book are a summit between Lincoln and Frederick Douglass and a series of Rebel atrocities, including repeated massacres of black Union prisoners of war.

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California Literary Review

2009 marks the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and many new Lincoln books are on the way.

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