• Tried by War

  • Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief
  • By: James M. McPherson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)

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Tried by War

By: James M. McPherson
Narrated by: George Guidall
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author reveals how Lincoln won the Civil War and invented the role of commander in chief as we know it As we celebrate the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, this study by preeminent, best-selling Civil War historian James M. McPherson provides a rare, fresh take on one of the most enigmatic figures in American history. 

Tried by War offers a revelatory (and timely) portrait of leadership during the greatest crisis our nation has ever endured. Suspenseful and inspiring, this is the story of how Lincoln, with almost no previous military experience before entering the White House, assumed the powers associated with the role of commander in chief, and through his strategic insight and will to fight changed the course of the war and saved the Union.

©2008 James M. McPherson (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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Fantastic Read

Such a great perspective of the Lincoln presidency. This book is highly recommended. Also be sure to read, "Team of Rivals" in addition to this book. Read both.

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Interesting focus, but not differentiated enough

This book is very well-researched and -written, but it read quite a bit like a condensed version of Battle Cry of Freedom. McPherson does focus differently in the two books, but his treatment is still very similar in both. Perhaps because I read the two books back to back, I felt that McPherson might have benefited from a more analytical, and less narrative/episodic approach to the question of Lincoln's role as CINC. Regardless, it is still a very good book and better than most Civil War histories you will read. Despite my quibbles, I enjoyed it and will likely return to it again in the future.

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Outstanding in every way.

This is a remarkable account of a horribly troubling period in U.S. history, wonderfully executed!

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A good review of Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief

The difficulties Lincoln encountered with his Civil War generals is well explained. Suffering through a variety of worthless commanders, Lincoln was at a loss until he promoted Grant to overall command. Read by one of my favorite narrates, this is a very enjoyable production.

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Wonderful Book Incredible Narration

Absolutely loved this book. Clearly stated facts by a very very good voice actor. If you are a student of history this book is one to read before you die.

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Broad overview

A story mainly focused on Lincoln but also a broad overview of the civil war. Kind of like his battle cry of freedom but more through the eyes of Lincoln