Readership: Scholars and students of American history and politics, particularly those interested in slavery and abolition
Richard Striner, Professor of History, Washington College
""In contrast to historians and biographers who emphasize Lincoln's pragmatism at the expense of his idealism, or claim that he was a conservative on racial issues who was pushed against his will toward emancipation, Richard Striner presents him as an idealist who employed his superb political skills to further the cause of freedom. The fresh and provocative insights in this book demonstrate that despite all that has been written about Lincoln, there is still something new to learn."—James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom"
""Striner's nuanced exploration of Lincoln's words and deeds makes a stimulating case for the greatness of his conscience—resolutely practical, but ever attuned to the better angels of his nature."—Publishers Weekly"
""In this estimable volume, Richard Striner effectively demolishes the fashionable myths of Lincoln the Reluctant Emancipator and Lincoln the White Supremacist.... Striner's readable account is not aimed at specialists, who will discover little new in it, but at the general reader, who will be impressed by the relentless way the author shows how relentless was Lincoln's struggle to end slavery."—Michael Burlingame, Washington Times"
""A provocative, richly detailed and exhaustively researched portrait of Lincoln as a zealous and lifelong opponent of slavery. Richard Striner presents a compelling counter-argument to those historians who claim Lincoln was a reluctant emancipator, and demonstrates convincingly that the fate of freedom was very much undecided until the North re-elected Lincoln."—Harold Holzer, author of Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Him President"
""Compellingly argued.... A worthy contribution to the ongoing debates about the life and work of Abraham Lincoln." —Myron A. Marty, St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
""A superb study of the Machiavellian Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was shrewd, political and disingenuous. This excellent volume stands on its head the view that Lincoln argued re-Union first, Emancipation second. Richard Striner's analysis demonstrates that Lincoln was more than a moderate in word and action."—Frank J. Williams, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and Chair of The Lincoln Forum"
""A brilliant and compelling account which reminds us that history, at its best, is a literary art. Reflecting deep understanding of the American political tradition, Striner's masterly study of Lincoln's statesmanship defies the conventions both of contemporary academic scholarship and political culture."—Herman Belz, Professor of History, University of Maryland"