Rise to Greatness

Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year

By David Von Drehle
(Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805079708, 466pp.)

Publication Date: October 30, 2012

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The electrifying story of Abraham Lincoln's rise to greatness during the most perilous year in our nation's history

As 1862 dawned, the American republic was at death's door. The federal government appeared overwhelmed, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Union's top general was gravely ill. The Confederacy--with its booming economy, expert military leadership, and commanding position on the battlefield--had a clear view to victory. To a remarkable extent, the survival of the country depended on the judgment, cunning, and resilience of the unschooled frontier lawyer who had recently been elected president.

Twelve months later, the Civil War had become a cataclysm but the tide had turned. The Union generals who would win the war had at last emerged, and the Confederate Army had suffered the key losses that would lead to its doom. The blueprint of modern America--an expanding colossus of industrial and financial might--had been indelibly inked. And the man who brought the nation through its darkest hour, Abraham Lincoln, had been forged into a singular leader.

In "Rise to Greatness," acclaimed author David Von Drehle has created both a deeply human portrait of America's greatest president and a rich, dramatic narrative about our most fateful year.




About the Author
David von Drehle is the author of "Among the Lowest of the Dead, Deadlock: The Inside Story of America's Closest Election, " as well as the award-winning "Triangle", a history of the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire that "The New York Times" called "social history at its best." An editor-at-large at "Time" magazine, he and his family live in Kansas City, Missouri.""
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