A radical reinterpretation of America’s greatest president, Summoned to Glory is a challenge to previous biographies that described him as “moderate,” “conservative,” or even “passive.” This new look at Lincoln shows his powerful strategic sense, his capacity for bold maneuver — bold to the point of audacity. It looks frankly at his uses of deception for establishing deniability and for out-maneuvering opponents. With an emphasis on the workings of Lincoln’s mind — his idealism and his overall honesty combined with his cunning and strategic thinking — this book takes a fresh look at themes that figure prominently in Lincoln’s life story. It adds new meaning to the work of previous scholars and revises the conclusions of previous Lincoln biographers.
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“A superbly readable biography that will appeal to expert and novice alike.”
-- James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War scholar, Princeton University
“One of the best biographies in decades. This dramatic and fast-paced narrative will be sure to engage and provoke readers for years to come.
-- Timothy S. Huebner, author of Liberty and Union: The Civil War Era and American Constitutionalism