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The Resource Seward : Lincoln's indispensable man, Walter Stahr

Seward : Lincoln's indispensable man, Walter Stahr

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Seward : Lincoln's indispensable man
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Seward
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Lincoln's indispensable man
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Walter Stahr
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Seward
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Lincolns indispensable man
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eng
Summary
From one of our most acclaimed new biographers--the first full life of the leader of Lincoln's "Team of Rivals"--William Henry Seward, one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century
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  • /* Starred Review */ Many readers will be acquainted with William Henry Seward from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals. Stahr gives us a first-rate biography of that team’s major figure, Lincoln’s secretary of state. It’s the first full one in decades and, if over-stuffed, by far the best. Stahr, whose biographic skills were in full display in his study of John Jay, has his hands full: Seward was New York governor and senator, then a rival for Lincoln’s place on the 1860 presidential ticket, finally senior cabinet officer—a long, complex life and career. Seward proved among the most accomplished secretaries of state in American history. Among other things, he kept Britain out of the Civil War, then negotiated the acquisition of Alaska for the U.S. Stahr struggles, mostly successfully, to keep the details of all this under control. While calling Seward “the foremost American statesman of the nineteenth century” (though most historians would agree that John Quincy Adams surpasses Seward even among secretaries of state), Stahr’s biography is no whitewash. He records the man’s shortcomings and the enmities he made among other notable people. But there’s no doubting that this formidable figure has finally gained the biographer he’s long deserved. 16 pages of b&w photos, 3 maps. Agent: Scott Waxman, Waxman Literary Agency. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed May 21, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 21, p)
  • William Henry Seward, lawyer, governor, senator, and secretary of state under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, was a tremendously influential mid-19th-century politician—a front runner for the 1860 presidential nomination. Drawing exhaustively from letters and other documents relating to him as well as his family, friends, and enemies, Stahr (John Jay: Founding Father ) argues that Seward was a preeminent, dutiful, and indefatigable statesman to be remembered for much more than his oversight of the purchase of Alaska. While acknowledging Seward's flaws, he focuses, for example, on his efforts to end slavery, promote commerce, avoid the Civil War, collaborate with Lincoln, block foreign intervention during the war, save the Union, push France out of Mexico, and establish the process of U.S. expansion. VERDICT Written in an unembellished style, this is a detailed yet largely uncritical biography of a remarkable, complex, and controversial political figure. Though Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals covers much of the same historical territory, Stahr completes Seward's life and demonstrates his enormous impact on American history before, during, and long after the 1860s. It will be of interest to general readers and useful to academics.— Margaret Kappanadze, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY --Margaret Kappanadze (Reviewed July 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 12, p90)
  • A sympathetic, evenhanded reappraisal of President Lincoln's secretary of state as a statesman who practiced effective preventive strategies. Stahr (John Jay, 2005) takes issue with some of the previous "hostile" criticism of his subject as being formed after the Civil War (e.g., by Gideon Welles) and thus lending an imbalanced portrait, which the present historian aims to correct. Neither Seward nor Lincoln kept a diary of events during the era, and the author often searches for answers in the historical record by returning to contemporary sources. One question was whether Seward tried to dissuade Lincoln from issuing his Emancipation Proclamation or merely questioned its timing. (Stahr comes down on the former.) Wading through the maelstrom of congressional criticism of Seward during the war, Stahr finds that he played his diplomatic cards toward England and Russia exceedingly well. Seward was able to convince Lincoln and the cabinet to surrender the two Confederate ministers bound for England aboard the Trent in November 1861, arguing that to not do so was to risk Britain's declaring war on the U.S. Stahr considers the full life of this energetic, devoted, certainly not flawless public servant, from his one term as Whig governor of New York, to his years in the U.S. Senate and beyond. The author amply shows how his loss to Lincoln for the first Republican presidential nomination of 1860 only spelled the nation's gain, as Seward then campaigned tirelessly for his opponent and never lagged in his devotion to the Union. A thorough, refreshing biography by an independent-minded historian.(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2012)
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individual biography
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10144315
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Stahr, Walter
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  • illustrations
  • maps
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Seward, William H.
  • United States
  • Cabinet officers
  • Statesmen
  • United States
  • United States
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adult
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Lincoln's indispensable man
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Seward : Lincoln's indispensable man, Walter Stahr
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [553]-660) and index
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895626
Dimensions
25 cm
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First Simon and Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
viii, 703 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781439121160
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(hardcover)
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2011052984
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  • n
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illustrations, maps
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  • (Sirsi) i9781439121160
  • (OCoLC)768171263
Label
Seward : Lincoln's indispensable man, Walter Stahr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [553]-660) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
895626
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Simon and Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
viii, 703 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781439121160
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2011052984
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781439121160
  • (OCoLC)768171263

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