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All the Powers of Earth

The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. III, 1856-1860

Sidney Blumenthal

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Touchstone
01 December 2020
Lincoln's incredible ascent to power in a world of chaos is newly revealed in this compelling, original, and elegantly written (Michael Beschloss, New York Times bestselling author) third volume of the magisterial (The New York Times Book Review) Political Life of Abraham Lincoln series, following A Self-Made Man and Wrestling with His Angel.

After a period of depression that he would ever find his way to greatness, Lincoln takes on the most powerful demagogue in the country, Stephen Douglas, in the debates for a senate seat. He sidelines the frontrunner William Seward, a former governor and senator for New York, to cinch the new Republican Party's nomination.

All the Powers of Earth is the political story of all time. Lincoln achieves the presidency by force of strategy, of political savvy and determination. This is Abraham Lincoln, who indisputably becomes the greatest president and moral leader in the nation's history. But he must first build a new political party, brilliantly state the anti-slavery case and overcome shattering defeat to win the presidency. In the years of civil war to follow, he will show mightily that the nation was right to bet on him. He was its preserver, a politician of moral integrity.

All the Powers of Earth is as essential as any political biography is likely to be and Sidney Bluementhal is the definitive chronicler of Lincoln's political career (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
By:   Sidney Blumenthal
Imprint:   Touchstone
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   3
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   807g
ISBN:   9781476777306
ISBN 10:   1476777306
Series:   The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln
Pages:   784
Publication Date:   01 December 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sidney Blumenthal is the acclaimed author of A Self-Made Man and Wrestling with His Angel, the first two volumes in his five-volume biography, The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln. He is the former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton. He has been a national staff reporter for The Washington Post and Washington editor and writer for The New Yorker. His books include the bestselling The Clinton Wars, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment, and The Permanent Campaign. Born and raised in Illinois, he lives in Washington, DC.

Reviews for All the Powers of Earth: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. III, 1856-1860

Praise for The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Magisterial...A vividly written, wide-ranging and often surprising account of the president-to-be. -The New York Times Book Review Wrestling With His Angel is a raucous and epic voyage through the turbulent political waters of the age that made Abraham Lincoln. Completely mesmerizing, a deeply serious meditation with the keen sense of humor that Lincoln so famously had. -John Witt, author of the Lincoln's Code, winner of the Bancroft Prize [A]n astute account of Lincoln the politician whose apprenticeship in that profession was a necessary prelude to his greatness as a statesman in the Civil War. [T]his book offers new insights into Lincoln's life and career. -James McPherson, author of The War that Forged a Nation Blumenthal illuminates the path Lincoln hewed to greatness. -Allen Guelzo, author of Gettysburg, winner of the Lincoln Prize Sidney Blumenthal has rescued the Lincoln most Americans know only as an icon, and turned him back into a real human being, revealing a clever and adroit politician, a fixer of conventions, and a political operator whose ambitions are surpassed only by his searing moral vision. -Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer Sidney Blumenthal's compelling, original and elegantly written exploration of Abraham Lincoln's life is advanced with this volume, which reveals the crucial and fascinating years in which Lincoln transforms himself into an indispensable national leader, poised to save his bleeding and broken country. Even more than its predecessors, Blumenthal's new book brilliantly illuminates qualities of leadership that are as important in our own time as they were during the tumultuous years that led to Civil War. This epic and path-breaking work deserves to be widely read and studied. -Michael Beschloss, bestselling author of Presidents of War Blumenthal speaks to our own time and, through Lincoln's life and work, asks us to consider what price expediency and ego cost democracy. Brilliant, compelling, and memorable. -Library Journal, Starred Review An entertaining, Wolf Hall-esque treatment that will please Blumenthal's fans and win new ones to this series. -Publishers Weekly With painstaking research illuminated by penetrating insight, Blumenthal limns the ascent of the Great Emancipator in a turbulent era. The brilliance of this third volume of Blumenthal's projected five-volume biography will heighten expectations for the next installment. -Booklist, Starred Review [Blumenthal] continues to establish himself as the definitive chronicler of Lincoln's political career...as essential as any political biography is likely to be. -Kirkus, Starred Review Praise for The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Magisterial...A vividly written, wide-ranging and often surprising account of the president-to-be. -The New York Times Book Review Wrestling With His Angel is a raucous and epic voyage through the turbulent political waters of the age that made Abraham Lincoln. Completely mesmerizing, a deeply serious meditation with the keen sense of humor that Lincoln so famously had. -John Witt, author of the Lincoln's Code, winner of the Bancroft Prize [A]n astute account of Lincoln the politician whose apprenticeship in that profession was a necessary prelude to his greatness as a statesman in the Civil War. [T]his book offers new insights into Lincoln's life and career. -James McPherson, author of The War that Forged a Nation Blumenthal illuminates the path Lincoln hewed to greatness. -Allen Guelzo, author of Gettysburg, winner of the Lincoln Prize Sidney Blumenthal has rescued the Lincoln most Americans know only as an icon, and turned him back into a real human being, revealing a clever and adroit politician, a fixer of conventions, and a political operator whose ambitions are surpassed only by his searing moral vision. -Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer Sidney Blumenthal's compelling, original and elegantly written exploration of Abraham Lincoln's life is advanced with this volume, which reveals the crucial and fascinating years in which Lincoln transforms himself into an indispensable national leader, poised to save his bleeding and broken country. Even more than its predecessors, Blumenthal's new book brilliantly illuminates qualities of leadership that are as important in our own time as they were during the tumultuous years that led to Civil War. This epic and path-breaking work deserves to be widely read and studied. -Michael Beschloss, bestselling author of Presidents of War Blumenthal speaks to our own time and, through Lincoln's life and work, asks us to consider what price expediency and ego cost democracy. Brilliant, compelling, and memorable. -Library Journal, Starred Review An entertaining, Wolf Hall-esque treatment that will please Blumenthal's fans and win new ones to this series. -Publishers Weekly With painstaking research illuminated by penetrating insight, Blumenthal limns the ascent of the Great Emancipator in a turbulent era. The brilliance of this third volume of Blumenthal's projected five-volume biography will heighten expectations for the next installment. -Booklist, Starred Review [Blumenthal] continues to establish himself as the definitive chronicler of Lincoln's political career...as essential as any political biography is likely to be. -Kirkus, Starred Review


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