Book Review: Lincoln For President

Edge Induced Cohesion

Lincoln For President:  An Unlikely Candidate, An Audacious Strategy, And the Victory No One Saw Coming, by Bruce Chadwick

As someone who has read many books about Abraham Lincoln [1], I am always intrigued when someone tries to find something new about him, some area of his life and behavior that have not drawn a great deal of scrutiny, an immensely difficult task given the fact that many thousands of books have been written about the man, about nearly every aspect of his life as can be imagined.  Yet while I cannot say that this book provided something that was entirely new, it did shine some light on a period of time that I have frequently seen ignored and brushed over, his handling of the 1860 campaign.  It was pleasing for me to see the way that the different candidates (at one point there were five, before Texan hero Sam…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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