TRIED BY WAR: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in ChiefEditorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe
A leading Civil War authority assesses Lincoln's performance as head of the Union armed forces.Pulitzer Prize-winning historian McPherson (This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War, 2007, etc.) notes that Lincoln studies have examined nearly every aspect of his administration except his constitutional role as commander in chief of the armies opposing secession. The author proceeds ... Read full review
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Not very satisfying as it repeats all of the myths about Lincoln's generals failing him. The real story is he was an incompetent leader who failed to set goals and gain the trust of those working for him. Most of the problems were due to Lincoln's poor management and stunning blunders. This book doesn't address these issues. If you want a watered down pro Lincoln view of his leadership that doesn't address the actual problems but merely perpetuates the myths that are popular today, then this is a book for you. But you will not gain much of an insight to the real reasons for the failures of the Union armies.