The President and His Private Secretaries
Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061565496, 272pp.
Publication Date: January 19, 2010
During the Civil War three intelligent, articulate young men served as Abraham Lincoln's secretaries. John Nicolay and John Hay lived in the White House across the hall from the president's office and, together with William Stoddard, spent more time with Lincoln than anyone else outside his immediate family. Lincoln's Men is a fascinating, intimate, and moving portrait of life in the Civil War White House and of the beleaguered president's extraordinary relationship with the indispensable trio he used as a sounding board—the best and the brightest of their day who had a place near the center of Washington's grandest galas and a front-row seat on the drama of war.
“Daniel Mark Epstein’s LINCOLN’S MEN is no book of dry facts and figures. Instead, it is an intimate portrait of Lincoln, so well-drawn that he seems to come alive on the page.”
-Charleston Post & Courier
“Epstein brings something of an outsider’s perspective to the hothouse world of Lincoln scholarship.”
-New York Times Book Review
Working at close quarters with Lincoln at the White House was an education in itself, as Daniel Mark Epstein observes”
-Wall Street Journal
“Sheds light on the remarkable young men who served at Lincoln’s side.”
“Lincoln, like most presidents, worked long hours. Really, really long hours. So it makes sense the folks who knew him best—and who offer possibly the freshest perspective on his well-documented life—were the guys he worked with every day of his presidency.”
“This is not your typical work of history. Epstein, a poet, employs a dreamy, novelistic tone in describing these young men and their tormented boss.”
“A fresh view.”
“Captures the lives of Lincoln’s secretaries”
“An insider’s view of the [Lincoln] presidency...Nicolay and Hay wrote the diaries Lincoln never did, witnessing key moments from enviable vantage points.”