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How did Abraham Lincoln, long held as a paragon of presidential bravery and principled politics, find his way to the White House? How did he become this one man great enough to risk the fate of the nation on the well-worn but cast-off notion that all men are created equal?Here award-winning historian John C. Waugh takes us on Lincoln’s road to the Civil War. From Lincoln'sHow did Abraham Lincoln, long held as a paragon of presidential bravery and principled politics, find his way to the White House? How did he become this one man great enough to risk the fate of the nation on the well-worn but cast-off notion that all men are created equal?Here award-winning historian John C. Waugh takes us on Lincoln’s road to the Civil War. From Lincoln's first public rejection of slavery to his secret arrival in the capital, from his stunning debates with Stephen Douglas to his contemplative moments considering the state of the country he loved, Waugh shows us America as Lincoln saw it and as Lincoln described it. Much of this wonderful story is told by Lincoln himself, detailing through his own writing his emergence onto the political scene and the evolution of his beliefs about the Union, the Constitution, democracy, slavery, and civil war. Waugh brings Lincoln’s path into new reliefby letting the great man tell his own story, at a depth that brings us ever closer to understanding this mysterious, complicated, truly great man....

Title : One Man Great Enough: Abraham Lincoln's Road to Civil War
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ISBN : 9780151010714
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 496 Pages
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One Man Great Enough: Abraham Lincoln's Road to Civil War Reviews

  • Dan Ward
    2020-01-25 06:10

    This is a fantastically written biography of Abraham Lincoln's life up until the time he became the President. It is one of the most interesting, well written and easily followed biographies that I have read. There are not endless chapters spent on extraneous details that don't really need to be told and the cast of characters is kept small and relevant in scope. Waugh does a great job of fitting the story of Lincoln around the political rivalry between the future president and Stephen Douglas. The book ends well and keeps your attention all the way through. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in History, the Civil War and especially Lincoln. You won't be disappointed!

  • Kim
    2020-01-07 10:20

    A very thorough tale of Abraham Lincoln from birth to inauguration. (You will need to find another title to complete Mr. Lincoln's life.) I was surprised to learn that, although political minded from a young age, Mr. Lincoln served only 1 term in the House of Representatives prior to his election to the presidency and that term occurred many years prior to his election, rather dissimiliar to what generally happens now. It was interesting to see how highly entangled the nations' politics had already become--vote manipulation, patronage-seeking, unintended consequences (perhaps those types of machinations are inseparable from politics)--but it was an education for me to learn that those tactics, which are so decried but still practiced by all sides today, were present and highly evolved even in the early years of our government. But the primary figures discussed in this book, Lincoln and Steven Douglas, still maintained civil attitudes towards each other, respected each other's political intelligence, and kept their politics clean (if the author is to be believed). There are a lot of fascinating, educational details about early US politics revealed in the book but the author presents them in a readable and memorable way.

  • jillian
    2019-12-30 12:02

    This is the biography of Lincoln from his birth on the then-frontier, to his arrival in the White House on the eve of the Civil War. This book, for being as educational as it was, had a great narrative, and a wonderful story that was told as much in Lincoln's own words as it was the author's. It is also a marvelous tutorial on American history west of the Appalachians in this period, telling the story of the rise of Illinois as a state, as well as its most prominent citizen. "One Man Great Enough" also goes into great detail to explain the depth of the slavery issue - and ONLY the slavery issue - as a cause of the Civil War. It was his distaste for slavery that drove Lincoln, and the repeal of the Missouri Compromise by the Kansas-Nebraska act and Dred Scott decision that pushed him in politics to the presidency. It is the story of Lincoln, of course, told through his own words and the words of his friends, colleagues and rivals, but it is also the story of America in an interesting time. I feel I greatly increased my understanding of America another level through this book, and highly recommend it to all fellow citizens - immigrant or not.

  • Scott
    2020-01-07 11:59

    When a man is truly great he stands out in history. When he stands out in history he draws the attention of historians and authors. When the man is Abe Lincoln, he seems to draw the attention of every historian and author. In a sea of pages written about this great man, Waugh does an exceptional work of bringing him to life and offering glimpses of him you have not seen before.

  • AndreaZ
    2020-01-09 14:19

    After reading McCoullough's stellar biography of Adams, I was quite disappointed in One Man Great Enough. While both books integrate excerpts that from letters and diaries, in this book they aren't well-integrated and the surrounding text doesn't run very deep. I kept thinking, "And so? What happened next?"

  • Don
    2020-01-02 09:17

    This is a nice, fairly short biography that goes through Lincoln's election as president. It's pretty familiar ground with some parts particularly well told. I liked the detailed description of Lincoln's arrival in New York for his Cooper Union speech.

  • Alina Tolbert
    2020-01-04 10:58

    Learning about Abraham Lincoln was amazing. I had no idea he was such a great stump speak, Whig, how he got into the Republican Party, etc. I wish I had been able to hear some of the funny stories he was always telling and know more about his wife and kids. A great introduction for me.

  • Travis Reno
    2020-01-19 09:23

    Meh

  • Sam Motes
    2020-01-10 07:03

    The rise from obscurity to grabbing the reigns of power as Sumter is ready to explode is the time frame covered in this book.

  • Judy
    2020-01-01 08:56

    unfortunately the cd's were not good and I couldn't listen to all of it. Interesting to see parallels to modern politics.

  • Gabriel
    2020-01-13 11:01

    so far, so good.