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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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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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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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