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The Two American Presidents: A Dual Biography of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis

Chadwick, Bruce

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ISBN 10: 1559724625 / ISBN 13: 9781559724623
Published by Carol Publishing Group, Secaucus, NJ, 1999
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xviii, 490 p. Maps. Illustrations. Source Notes. Select Bibliography. Index. This is a Birch Lane book. A history of the U.S. Civil War, written from the perspective of the two warring leaders of the the Union and the Confederacy. Chadwick, author of "Brother Against Brother", argues that the personalities of the two men influenced the outcome of the war, with Davis's sensitivities and petulance keeping him from exercising his authority effectively over his increasingly discordant general staff. Very good in good dust jacket. Black mark on bottom edge. DJ has some wear, soiling, edge wear and sticker residue. Bookseller Inventory # 60554

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Title: The Two American Presidents: A Dual ...

Publisher: Carol Publishing Group, Secaucus, NJ

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First edition. First printing [stated].

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The first dual biography of two great leaders furnishes a comprehensive, heavily researched study that compares the two men and reaches firm conclusions about the Civil War that transformed the United States.

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Chadwick (Brother Against Brother, 1997) recounts what are by now well-known details in the lives of Lincoln, the prairie stalwart, and Davis, the gentleman farmer from Mississippi, who respectively led the United States and the Confederate States during the Civil War. His conclusion: that the two leaders were different, and that their personalities influenced the outcome of the conflict. Lincoln was stern, austere, in control of his emotions, although ambition burned in him like an incandescent candle. Davis, mercurial and violence-prone, was a steaming cauldron, although he was governing as a humanitarian interested in preserving individual liberties and running the army as an enlightened commander. Stir in cannons, and you have Appomattox. Chadwick does hit on a note of interest, for just a moment, when he briefly examines the unfolding scholarly literature on various attempts by the two leaders to have each other assassinated (one thinks of Kennedy and Castro); he cites Federal papers captured by Confederates at Richmond that ordered the immediate execution of Davis and his cabinet, and he suggests that John Wilkes Booth was under Daviss orders, but only to kidnap Lincoln from the Ford Theatre. Chadwicks unapologetic reversion to the Great Man theory of history will not impress professional historians, who have long since attributed to other causessuperior firepower, control of the seasthe eventual Union victory over the secessionists. Neither, because the book is so poorly written, will it likely impress Civil War buffs, who will already have almost all the information Chadwick presents. Relentlessly disappointing. (24 pages photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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