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Summoned to Glory: The Audacious Life of Abraham Lincoln

Richard Striner



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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
15 June 2020
Biography: historical, political & military; History; History of the Americas; American Civil War
A radical reinterpretation of America’s greatest president.

Where previous Lincoln biographers describe his temperament as “moderate,” “passive,” or even “conservative,”historian Richard Striner offers a stunningly original perspectivethat will shed significant new light on one of the most studied figures in American history. Striner shows Lincoln’s audacity as no other book has ever done. By emphasizing the workings of Lincoln’s mind—stressing his cunning, his overall honesty, strategic thinking—even his ability to change his mind—Striner looks anew at many topics and themes important to Lincoln’s story that either revise or add new meaning to the work of previous biographers. His insights into Lincoln’s life, but also into antebellum America, and the military and political history of the Civil War, make this book indispensable for well-read armchair historians, seasoned students of Lincoln, the Civil War, or the American presidency and newcomers alike
By:   Richard Striner
Imprint:   Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 164mm,  Spine: 37mm
Weight:   885g
ISBN:   9781538137161
ISBN 10:   153813716X
Pages:   544
Publication Date:   15 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Historian Richard Striner is the author of Father Abraham: Lincoln's Relentless Struggle to End Slavery (Oxford), Lincoln's Way: How Six Great Presidents Created American Power (R&L) and many other works on American history. He resides in Pasadena, Maryland.

Reviews for Summoned to Glory: The Audacious Life of Abraham Lincoln

Richard Striner has given us a keen, fresh look at Lincoln's challenging youth, his unlikely rise to the presidency, and his providential leadership in America's darkest hour. Summoned to Glory is an original, engaging, insightful view of the great man as a cagey politician and an audacious military and political strategist, enhanced by an enjoyable style and a depth of context often missing from Lincoln biographies.--James B. Conroy, author of Lincoln's White House: The People's House in Wartime, co-winner of the 2017 Lincoln Prize Among the many thousands of books on Lincoln, this one by Richard Striner is sure to stand out as one of the best biographies in decades. Striner shows how Lincoln boldly and 'audaciously' used his power to protect the Union and advance the cause of emancipation. This dramatic and fast-paced narrative will be sure to engage and provoke readers for years to come. I highly recommend it.--Timothy S. Huebner, author of Liberty and Union: The Civil War Era and American Constitutionalism

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