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Lincoln /
Richard J. Carwardine.
imprint
Harlow : Pearson/Longman, 2003.
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xviii, 352 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
0582032792
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Harlow : Pearson/Longman, 2003.
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0582032792
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4986851
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 320-329) and index.
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Lincoln Prize, USA, 2004 : Won
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2004-03-01:
An extraordinary flood of Abraham Lincoln biographies in recent years may obstruct attention to some worthy additions to overburdened shelves. Carwardine (Oxford Univ.) adds a welcome transatlantic perspective to contemporary views of Lincoln, as well as insight derived from his expertise in US evangelical movements. Written as part of the "Profiles in Power" series, this is less a personal than a political biography, with a strong leaning toward intellectual and religious history. Among contemporary Lincoln interpretations, it stands closest to Allen C. Guelzo, Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (CH, Apr'00), although lacking Guelzo's biographical insights. Carwardine, for example, ignores Ann Rutledge and slights Mary Lincoln except in a religious context. Little is included about Lincoln's management of the war except in relation to his mastery of public opinion and his achievement of popularity among volunteer soldiers. Carwardine instead wishes to portray Lincoln in terms of his realistic political goals, his success in mobilizing public and religious opinion, and his management skill in harnessing political parties and factions. Lincoln's superb timing enabled him to shift the purpose of the war midstream to embrace emancipation. Readers may find Carwardine's argument initially daunting but ultimately rewarding. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Most libraries. J. Y. Simon Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
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WINNER OF THE 2004 14th ANNUAL LINCOLN PRIZE "This is the biography of a prudent, decisive, activist Lincoln the worldhas been waiting for. Richard Carwardine has drawn a true portrait of thestrengths of Lincoln's personal character, the development and tenacity ofLincoln's ethical convictions, his subtle and deliberate political acumen,his respect and embrace of moral principles for the conduct of personalrelations and public statecraft; and, finally, Carwardine demonstratesLincoln's mastery of men and of public opinion." Lewis E. Lehrman, Co-Chairman of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of AmericanHistory "Rarely does a biography of a popular historical figure offer all the qualities that make for a good read: lively writing, a fresh perspective, significant insight, and a compelling narrative. Carwardine does all this and more... There is simply no other Lincoln biography like it." Tom Schwartz, Illinois State Historian "a brilliant addition to the Lincoln literature" Books and Culture "Richard Carwardine's study of the political leadership of Abraham Lincoln represents an extraordinary achievement" Mark A. Noll, Professor of History Wheaton College, IL "The book offers an insightful, judicious and in some ways original study of Lincoln's public career." London Review of Books " This is a work of careful reflection - concise, lucid, cogent and providing a fair, balanced, and at times fresh perspective." History Review
WINNER OF THE 2004 14th ANNUAL LINCOLN PRIZE"This is the biography of a prudent, decisive, activist Lincoln the worldhas been waiting for. Richard Carwardine has drawn a true portrait of thestrengths of Lincoln's personal character, the development and tenacity ofLincoln's ethical convictions, his subtle and deliberate political acumen,his respect and embrace of moral principles for the conduct of personalrelations and public statecraft; and, finally, Carwardine demonstratesLincoln's mastery of men and of public opinion."Lewis E. Lehrman, Co-Chairman of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of AmericanHistory "Rarely does a biography of a popular historical figure offer all the qualities that make for a good read: lively writing, a fresh perspective, significant insight, and a compelling narrative. Carwardine does all this and more ... There is simply no other Lincoln biography like it." Tom Schwartz, Illinois State Historian"a brilliant addition to the Lincoln literature" Books and Culture"Richard Carwardine's study of the political leadership of Abraham Lincoln represents an extraordinary achievement" Mark A. Noll, Professor of History Wheaton College, IL "The book offers an insightful, judicious and in some ways original study of Lincoln's public career." London Review of Books" This is a work of careful reflection - concise, lucid, cogent and providing a fair, balanced, and at times fresh perspective." History Review
WINNER OF THE 2004 14th ANNUAL LINCOLN PRIZE "This is the biography of a prudent, decisive, activist Lincoln the world has been waiting for. Richard Carwardine has drawn a true portrait of the strengths of Lincoln's personal character, the development and tenacity of Lincoln's ethical convictions, his subtle and deliberate political acumen, his respect and embrace of moral principles for the conduct of personal relations and public statecraft; and, finally, Carwardine demonstrates Lincoln's mastery of men and of public opinion." Lewis E. Lehrman, Co-Chairman of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History "Rarely does a biography of a popular historical figure offer all the qualities that make for a good read: lively writing, a fresh perspective, significant insight, and a compelling narrative. Carwardine does all this and more ... There is simply no other Lincoln biography like it." Tom Schwartz, Illinois State Historian "a brilliant addition to the Lincoln literature" Books and Culture "Richard Carwardine's study of the political leadership of Abraham Lincoln represents an extraordinary achievement" Mark A. Noll, Professor of History Wheaton College, IL "The book offers an insightful, judicious and in some ways original study of Lincoln's public career." London Review of Books " This is a work of careful reflection - concise, lucid, cogent and providing a fair, balanced, and at times fresh perspective." History Review
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"Rarely does a biography of a popular historical figure offer all the qualities that make for a good read: lively writing, a fresh perspective, significant insight, and a compelling narrative. Carwardine does all this and more ... There is simply no other Lincoln biography like it."<>-- Tom Schwartz, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library<>" The publication of this beautifully written book, which makes use of the earliest evidence and the latest insights, marks a high point in a decade that has been particularly rich in Lincoln scholarship. No one seriously interested in Lincoln can afford to ignore Carwardine's judicious work."<>-- Daniel Walker Howe, Oxford University and The Huntington Library<>"The Atlantic can serve as a wonderful clarifying prism. Oxford don Richard Carwardine looks across it and paints a remarkable picture of the greatest of the Americans who fused the secular and the sacred."<>-- Gabor S. Boritt, Director, Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College<>As a staunch defender of national unity, a successful war-leader, and the emancipator of the slaves, Abraham Lincoln lays compelling claim to being the greatest of America's presidents.<>This fresh political biography examines Lincoln both as a rising politician and as president, and focuses on the sources of his authority and achievement. It reveals his political talents and serious moral purpose but shows, too, how in pursuing office he depended on public opinion and the machinery of party. As war leader, he saw the limits as well as the possibilities of power, and looked beyond the government to other engines of support, including the churches, the humanitarian agencies and the volunteer Union army.<>Carwardine's study places Lincoln firmly within the changing context of his time, and shows his talent for reading and reaching many strands of opinion as he fashioned a national purpose. Emancipation became an end in itself, toward which God's own plan appeared to be driving him.<>Richard J. Carwardine is Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University. His publications include Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America (Yale University Press, 1993).
Back Cover Copy
"Rarely does a biography of a popular historical figure offer all the qualities that make for a good read: lively writing, a fresh perspective, significant insight, and a compelling narrative. Carwardine does all this and more ... There is simply no other Lincoln biography like it." -- Tom Schwartz, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library " The publication of this beautifully written book, which makes use of the earliest evidence and the latest insights, marks a high point in a decade that has been particularly rich in Lincoln scholarship. No one seriously interested in Lincoln can afford to ignore Carwardine's judicious work." -- Daniel Walker Howe, Oxford University and The Huntington Library "The Atlantic can serve as a wonderful clarifying prism. Oxford don Richard Carwardine looks across it and paints a remarkable picture of the greatest of the Americans who fused the secular and the sacred." -- Gabor S. Boritt, Director, Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College As a staunch defender of national unity, a successful war-leader, and the emancipator of the slaves, Abraham Lincoln lays compelling claim to being the greatest of America's presidents. This fresh political biography examines Lincoln both as a rising politician and as president, and focuses on the sources of his authority and achievement. It reveals his political talents and serious moral purpose but shows, too, how in pursuing office he depended on public opinion and the machinery of party. As war leader, he saw the limits as well as the possibilities of power, and looked beyond the government to other engines of support, including the churches, the humanitarian agencies and the volunteer Union army. Carwardine's study places Lincoln firmly within the changing context of his time, and shows his talent for reading and reaching many strands of opinion as he fashioned a national purpose. Emancipation became an end in itself, toward which God's own plan appeared to be driving him. Richard J. Carwardine is Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University. His publications include Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America (Yale University Press, 1993).
Bowker Data Service Summary
Abraham Lincoln was arguably America's greatest president. At a time when the role of the US president is again under the spotlight, this profile tells the story of a wartime leader who also had to grapple with issues of responsibility, rights and nationalism.
Long Description
Interest in the American Civil War and the role of Abraham Lincoln has grown dramatically in the last decade. Leader of the anti-slavery Republican coalition and the wartime Union, he has become a model of a particular kind of democratic politician who led rather than followed.   Richard  J. Carwardine examines Lincoln's rise to power and his achievements as US president. The book explores the wider sources of Lincoln's authority and skills in embracing a broad range of elements within the Republican party. In particular, it looks at Lincoln's shrewd relationship with evangelical Protestantism. His ability to harness and channel the power of the Protestant constituency was key to his winning the presidency and rallying support behind his national and emancipatory vision.      
Long Description
Interest in the American Civil War and the role of Abraham Lincoln has grown dramatically in the last decade. Leader of the anti-slavery Republican coalition and the wartime Union, he has become a model of a particular kind of democratic politician who led rather than followed. Richard J. Carwardine examines Lincoln's rise to power and his achievements as US president. The book explores the wider sources of Lincoln's authority and skills in embracing a broad range of elements within the Republican party. In particular, it looks at Lincoln's shrewd relationship with evangelical Protestantism. His ability to harness and channel the power of the Protestant constituency was key to his winning the presidency and rallying support behind his national and emancipatory vision.
Unpaid Annotation
Political biography with new angle on one of the most famous US Presidents of all time Focus on relationship with evangelical Protestantism - throws new light on Lincoln's presidency and power Huge interest in American Civil War and slavery in the US - what motivated Lincoln as leader of the anti-slavery coalition Gives full attention to Lincoln's career before the presidency - full chronological coverage Topical and relevant - important parallels to be drawn with US presidency today - responsibility, rights and nationalism Winner of the prestigious Lincoln Prize, Lincoln is the latest book in the popular Profiles in Power Series. In this book, Richard J. Carwardine examines Lincoln's rise to power and his achievements as president. He explores the wider sources of Lincoln's authority and skills in embracing a broad range of elements within the Republican Party. In particular, the book looks at Lincoln's shrewd relationship with evangelical Protestantism. His ability to harness and channel the power of the Protestant constituency was key to his winning the presidency ad rallying support behind his national and emancipatory vision. Richard J. Carwardine is Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University. His many publications include Transatlantic Revivalism: Popular Evangelicism in Britain and America, 1790-1865 and Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America (1993).
Unpaid Annotation
Political biography with new angle on one of the most famous US Presidents of all time Focus on relationship with evangelical Protestantism - throws new light on Lincoln's presidency and power Huge interest in American Civil War and slavery in the US - what motivated Lincoln as leader of the anti-slavery coalition Gives full attention to Lincoln's career before the presidency - full chronological coverage Topical and relevant - important parallels to be drawn with US presidency today - responsibility, rights and nationalismWinner of the prestigious Lincoln Prize, Lincoln is the latest book in the popular "Profiles in Power Series." In this book, Richard J. Carwardine examines Lincoln's rise to power and his achievements as president. He explores the wider sources of Lincoln's authority and skills in embracing a broad range of elements within the Republican Party. In particular, the book looks at Lincoln's shrewd relationship with evangelical Protestantism. His ability to harness and channel the power of the Protestant constituency was key to his winning the presidency ad rallying support behind his national and emancipatory vision. Richard J. Carwardine is Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University. His many publications include Transatlantic Revivalism: Popular Evangelicism in Britain and America, 1790-1865 and Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America (1993).
Table of Contents
Inner Power: Lincoln's Ambition and Political Vision, 1809-18542
The Power of Opinion: Lincoln, the Illinois Public, and the New Political Order, 1854-18583
The Power of Party: Winning the Presidency, 1858-18604
Confronting the Limits of Power: From President-elect to War President, 1860-18615
The purposes of Power: Evolving Objectives, 1861-18656
The Instruments of Power: Coercion and Voluntary Mobilisation, 1861-18657
Conclusion: Power in Death
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