Blumenthal, Sidney

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All the Powers of Earth: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln. Vol. 3: 1856–1860

In all this, Blumenthal speaks to our own time and, through Lincoln’s life and work, asks us to consider what price expediency and ego cost democracy. Brilliant, compelling, and memorable.


Wrestling with His

This essential analysis of Lincoln, the lawyer, as integral to understanding Lincoln, the politician, makes for compelling reading and includes brilliant dissections of the president's speeches.

A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1849

If Blumenthal sometimes loses Lincoln in his detailed accounting of patronage, politicking, and personalities, great and small, he effectively shows that the president's Illinois was a proving ground for the politics of expansion, economic development, nativism, anti-Mormonism, and slavery that both reflected and affected national concerns. Lincoln, the self-made man, is revealed as tried-and-true, ready for the troubled times that came in the years leading up to the Civil War. [See Prepub Alert, 11/16/15.]

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