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Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington (eBook)

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Ted Widmer

This is the story of Lincoln's fraught 1861 travel by rail from Springfield to the swamps of DC for his first inauguration, racing against a critical deadline and under threats of assassination. Like the train he is taking, Widmer's narrative has a propulsive energy. And though we know the end of the story, the book bristles with suspense. Will Lincoln reach his destination alive? Along the way is a treasure trove of fascinating detail, city by city, town by town, against the backdrop of a country swiftly devolving into civil war.


“A Lincoln classic...superb.” ­—The Washington Post 

“A book for our time.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin 

Lincoln on the Verge tells the dramatic story of America’s greatest president discovering his own strength to save the Republic. 

As a divided nation plunges into the deepest crisis in its history, Abraham Lincoln boards a train for Washington and his inauguration—an inauguration Southerners have vowed to prevent. Lincoln on the Verge charts these pivotal thirteen days of travel, as Lincoln discovers his power, speaks directly to the public, and sees his country up close. Drawing on new research, this riveting account reveals the president-elect as a work in progress, showing him on the verge of greatness, as he foils an assassination attempt, forges an unbreakable bond with the American people, and overcomes formidable obstacles in order to take his oath of office.
Year: 2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Language: English
Pages: 624
ISBN 13: 9781476739434
File: EPUB, 37.05 MB