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Doubleday & Company, 1987 - Fiction - 1125 pages
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William Safire's epic Civil War novel is based on the real people who struggled and bled for what Southerners hailed as independence, Northerners condemned as "disunion". 75 black-and-white photographs.

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Review: Freedom

User Review  - Pamela Mckinnon - Goodreads

My favorite book about Abraham Lincoln and his contemporaries, and I have read several. This book takes you into the personal lives and thinking of the players leading up to the civil war. I learned ... Read full review

Review: Freedom

User Review  - Brad Harju - Goodreads

Great historical novel about the first 2 years of the civil war. Very interesting! Read full review


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William Safire was born on Dec. 17, 1929. He attended Syracuse University, but dropped out after two years. He began his career as a reporter for The New York Herald Tribune. He had also been a radio and television producer and a U.S. Army correspondent. From 1955 to 1960, Safire was vice president of a public relations firm in New York City, and then became president of his own firm. He was responsible for bringing Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev together in 1959. In 1968, he joined the campaign of Richard Nixon as a senior White House speechwriter for Nixon. Safire joined The New York Times in 1973 as a political columnist. He also writes a Sunday column, On Language, which has appeared in The New York Times Magazine since 1979. This column on grammar, usage, and etymology has led to the publication of 10 books and made him the most widely read writer on the English language. William Safire was the winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. He is a trustee for Syracuse University. Since 1995 he has served as a member of the Pulitzer Board. He is the author of Freedom (1987), a novel of Lincoln and the Civil War. His other novels include Full Disclosure (1977), Sleeper Spy (1995) and Scandalmonger (2000). His other titles include a dictionary, a history, anthologies and commentaries.

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