Tried by War

Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

McPherson, James M.

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Tried by War
Evaluates Lincoln's talents as a commander in chief in spite of limited military experience, tracing the ways in which he worked with, or against, his senior commanders to defeat the Confederacy and reshape the presidential role.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2008
ISBN: 9781594201912
Branch Call Number: 973.7092 M172t
E457.2 .M478 2008
Characteristics: xv, 329 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm


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Dec 08, 2012
  • pokano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Concise and readable account of Lincoln's prosecution of the Civil War. McPherson shows that Lincoln was much more involved in the military aspects of the war than many might think. General McClellan turns out to look even worse--if not downright traitorous--than the common perception might be. An excellent and informative read.

May 16, 2011
  • jeffstilwell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

With so many volumes written about Lincoln, one wonders what ground has not been picked over. Then, almost like a slap to the forehead, I saw McPherson's sub-title and thought, "Of course!"
What is it? We don't like to think of one of our greatest presidents as a war-leader? Perhaps. (And perhaps that's a good thing.)
Nevertheless, McPherson's work is a b breezy read that is often quite moving. He certainly includes the battles, but never loses sight of his main objective: explaining how that wretched nightmare of a time shaped the occupant of the Oval Office. I really enjoyed this book.


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