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Lincoln and the War's End

Lincoln and the War's End

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John C. Waugh

$24.95

E-book
978-0-8093-3352-3
10 illustrations
09/15/2014

Concise Lincoln Library

 

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"With his effort here, Waugh has created a small gem, one that is easily admired and hard to imitate. Brevity is a virtue, sometimes the most important one for the harried, book-reading public. This latest contribution to the Concise Lincoln Library certainly proves that point, perhaps as well as any in that fine series."—Matthew Pinkser, Journal of Illinois History 

"Waugh excels at writing accessible, entertaining historical prose, and with Lincoln and the War's End, the Concise Lincoln Library has a book that will entice casual readers and perhaps inspire them to dig into deeper works."—Gerald J. Prokopowicz, Journal of Southern History

"Lincoln and the War’s End is a must read for all, not just historians."—Wallace Dean Draper, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

"Waugh's observations about Lincoln's character, motives, decisions, and actions prove to be exceptionally well researched and astute. Supporting quotations from notable figures, both private and public, seem brilliantly selected and uniformly useful. The text, delivered in clear, precise, and well reasoned prose, is accompanied by ten helpful illustrations, and the whole of the book is attended by excellent notes, an extensive bibliography, and a thoroughly comprehensive index. Students as well as casual readers should find the book to be a fine record of a period which Lincoln's private secretary, William O. Stoddard, called 'that terrible furnace time, during which the old nation melted away, and a new nation was moulded."'—Phillip Parotti, Texas Review

“What John Waugh does as well as almost anyone in the Civil War history business is to build smart narratives around compelling quotations. Like the good reporter he used to be, Waugh collects and evaluates striking reactions from his sources and then weaves them together with deft prose. The result for a short book about the end of the Civil War is pure joy for anybody who wants to immerse themselves in a Lincoln-sided view of that critical period. Give yourself a long plane ride or a quiet weekend at home, and this little volume offers an antidote to some of the anxieties of the modern age. . . . With his effort here, Waugh has created a small gem, one that is easily admired and hard to imitate. Brevity is a virtue, sometimes the most important one for the harried, book-reading public. This latest contribution to the Concise Lincoln Library certainly proves that point, perhaps as well as any in that fine series.” –Matthew Pinsker, Journal of Illinois History

“In a vivid recounting of the critical five months between Lincoln’s reelection in November of 1864 and Lee’s surrender at Appomattox in April of 1865, John C. Waugh combines a thoughtful analysis of political activities with a vibrant, fast-paced narrative of the military campaigns to illuminate the almost breathtaking denouement of the Civil War.”—Craig L. Symonds, author of Lincoln and his Admirals

“Bravo to master storyteller John Waugh for this fast-paced and enthralling account of the Civil War’s decisive final weeks! A lifetime of research and writing on this endlessly compelling topic is evident in his presentations of the crucial players and decisive battles. His smoothly conversational narrative, and talent for seasoning it with personality studies, eye-catching quotations, and even weather reports, sent me from cover to cover in just one intensely focused sitting.”—Richard A. Baker, coauthor of The American Senate: An Insider’s History

“In the hand of a master historian and storyteller, even a timeless tale can be enlivened and made to sing. The ending is of course unchanged, but with beautiful prose resting on a firm foundation of essential research and his unimpeachable expertise, Waugh educates and entertains.”—Lynda Crist, editor of The Papers of Jefferson Davis, Rice University