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The Resource Abraham Lincoln, George S. McGovern

Abraham Lincoln, George S. McGovern

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Abraham Lincoln
Title
Abraham Lincoln
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George S. McGovern
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eng
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Review
  • Former U.S. senator McGovern—who is also a Ph.D. historian—knows something about presidential leadership and the potential and actual abuses of power that come especially during wartime. In this compact but convincing portrait, he assesses Lincoln's greatness in terms of his ability to use his humble origins, empathy, keen sense of justice, uncommon skill in seeing the essence of an issue, faith in American democracy, gifts of language, and personal self-confidence—all to become a masterly lawyer, a party leader, commander in chief, and a heroic figure with both the vision and the practicality to realize his purposes. McGovern breaks no new interpretive ground here, but he knows the recent scholarship well enough and kneads it into his book. Given his own politics, McGovern not surprisingly examines Lincoln's use of war powers in suspending habeas corpus, suppressing dissent, and freeing the slaves, finally conceding that the great crisis of secession and the prospect of ending slavery justified Lincoln's overstepping constitutional bounds—for the moment. This biography warrants reading to catch the sense of Lincoln's greatness, both for his own day and ours. Recommended for public and university libraries.McPherson, America's leading authority on Lincoln and his times, demonstrates his complete command of his subject in this concise but remarkably rich and perceptive biography. With deft strokes, McPherson draws his Lincoln as a man moved always by the double lodestar of Union and freedom, with each contingent upon the other. McPherson's Lincoln has his priorities right, never confusing means and ends and ever mindful of his own limitations even as he acted confidently on his own good judgment. Readers of McPherson's many books on Lincoln will not find any surprises here, though McPherson does add a few new insights into Lincoln's character, but all will appreciate how the author reveals Lincoln's genius in leading people to the better angels of their nature and the nation to a new birth of freedom. This little book is bigger than its pages and should be in every library, schoolhouse, and home as a bicentennial birthday present to ourselves to remind us why Lincoln does indeed "belong to the ages."—Randall M. Miller, Saint Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia --Randall M. Miller (Reviewed December 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 20, p137)
  • The greatness and imperfections of America's 16th president, captured by a former Democratic nominee for the White House.With considerable skill and insight, McGovern (Social Security and the Golden Age, 2005, etc.) crafts a biography snappy, clear and comprehensive enough to please general readers, students and scholars alike. In eight short chapters, six of which deal with Lincoln's presidency, he nails the essential strengths, flaws, failures and achievements of America's most revered leader. Born in a Kentucky log cabin, Lincoln was a melancholic who suffered more than his fair share of misfortune. According to McGovern, he nevertheless earned success through his ceaseless hard work, powerful intellect and incomparable abilities as a speechwriter. Lincoln began his political career as a member of the Whig Party. After serving in the Illinois state legislature, he won election to the U.S. Congress in 1846, but lost support by challenging President James Polk on the origins of the Mexican War and lasted only one term. The 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act, sponsored by Democratic Senator Stephen Douglas, reinvigorated Lincoln's political ambitions. While he believed the Constitution did not allow for abolition in the South, he staunchly opposed the westward expansion of slavery. With the Whig Party split, he joined the new Republican Party in 1856 and ran against Douglas for a Senate seat in 1858. Although he lost this race, Lincoln gained national prominence as a result of his famous debates with Douglas. Two years later, he won the 1860 presidential election, a victory that angered the South and brought about secession and war. What was he like as a wartime president? In three core chapters, McGovern astutely assesses Lincoln's emergence as a commander in chief committed to "total war." The author does not shy away from criticizing his subject, particularly for suspending habeas corpus and censoring the press. Still McGovern's overall depiction is one of a complex, tolerant and extraordinary man who simultaneously preserved the Union and transformed the nation.Compact and commanding. (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2008)
Biography type
individual biography
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300000
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DLC
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1922-2012
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McGovern, George S.
Dewey number
  • 973.7092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
E457
LC item number
.M45 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Series statement
The American presidents
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  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Presidents
  • United States
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the 16th President, 1861-1865
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Abraham Lincoln, George S. McGovern
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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719145
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cm.
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First edition.
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pages
Isbn
9780805083453
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2008029869
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  • (Sirsi) i9780805083453
  • (OCoLC)229028942
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Abraham Lincoln, George S. McGovern
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
719145
Dimensions
cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages
Isbn
9780805083453
Lccn
2008029869
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805083453
  • (OCoLC)229028942

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