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Lincoln on the verge : thirteen days to Washington

Author: Edward L Widmer
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2020.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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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 by any means necessary. Drawing on new research, this account reveals the President-Elect as a work in progress, showing him on the verge of greatness, foiling an assassination attempt, and forging an unbreakable bond with the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Widmer, Edward L.
Lincoln on the verge.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2020
(OCoLC)1145611703
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward L Widmer
ISBN: 9781476739434 1476739439
OCLC Number: 1146040447
Description: xii, 606 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: The Holy Town of Troy --
The Lightning --
Waiting for Lincoln --
The Iron Monster --
Farewell --
Porkopolis --
The Cheese Box --
Heart of Darkness --
The Forest --
A Little Path --
The Straight Line --
The Front Door --
The Garden --
The Fountain --
The River of Night --
Epilogue: Home.
Responsibility: Ted Widmer.

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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 by any means necessary. Drawing on new research, this account reveals the President-Elect as a work in progress, showing him on the verge of greatness, foiling an assassination attempt, and forging an unbreakable bond with the American people. On the eve of his 52nd birthday, February 11, 1861, the President-Elect of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, walked onto a train, the first step of his journey to the White House, and his rendezvous with destiny. But as the train began to carry Lincoln toward Washington, it was far from certain what he would find there. Bankrupt and rudderless, the government was on the verge of collapse. To make matters worse, reliable intelligence confirmed a conspiracy to assassinate him as he passed through Baltimore. It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of the Republic hung in the balance. How did Lincoln survive this grueling odyssey, to become the president we know from the history books? Lincoln on the Verge tells the story of a leader discovering his own strength, improvising brilliantly, and seeing his country up close during these pivotal thirteen days. From the moment the Presidential Special left the station, a new Lincoln was on display, speaking constantly, from a moving train, to save the Republic. The journey would draw on all of Lincoln's mental and physical reserves. But the President-Elect discovered an inner strength, which deepened with the exhausting ordeal of meeting millions of Americans. Lincoln on the Verge tells the story of America's greatest president and the obstacles he overcame, well before he could take the oath of office and deliver his inaugural address.

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