War of Words: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Press

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Potomac Books, Incorporated, 2002 - History - 296 pages
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A shrewd politician, Abraham Lincoln recognized the power of the press. He knew that, at most, a few thousand people might hear one of his speeches in person, but countless readers across the nation would absorb his message through newspapers. While he was always under fire by some hostile portion of the openly partisan nineteenth-century media, through the careful cultivation of relationships Lincoln successfully wooed numerous prominent newspapermen into aiding his agenda. Whether he was editing his own speech in a newspaper office or inviting reporters to the White House to leak a story, the President skillfully steered the Union through the perils of war by playing his own version of the public relations game.

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Modern politicians are quite aware that the support of the press can make or break their careers. Here, Maihafer, a West Point graduate, retired U.S. Army officer, and author of The General and the ... Read full review

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The late Harry J. Maihafer, a West Point graduate and retired U.S. Army colonel, held a master 's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He authored "War of Words: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Press; The General and the Journalists: Ulysses S. Grant, Horace Greeley, and Charles Dana; Oblivion: The Mystery of West Point Cadet Richard Cox"; and "Brave Decisions: Moral Courage From the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm".

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