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Lincoln & Churchill : statesmen at war / Lewis E. Lehrman.
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Lincoln and Churchill :

statesmen at war
First edition.
Publication Information:
Guilford, Connecticut : Stackpole Books, [2018]

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xvii, 526 pages : illustrations, portraits, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Preface : wars of national survival -- Prologue -- Abraham Lincoln before the Civil War -- Winston Churchill before World War II -- The Lincoln team -- The Churchill team -- Lincoln at war: a few key battles of the Civil War -- Churchill at war: a few key military operations in Europe during World War II -- A comparison -- Men of character: quintessential leaders with different personalities -- The unlikely emergence of Lincoln and Churchill -- The rhetoric of leadership -- Anglo-American relations -- Virtues of great war leaders -- Managing ministers and legislators -- Finding and managing generals -- Army leadership -- 1862/1942 -- 1863/1943 -- 1864/1944 -- 1865/1945 -- Reelection and reconstruction -- Managing men at war: Lincoln style -- Managing men at war: Churchill style -- Legacies -- Epilogue -- Historiography and acknowledgments -- Selected bibliography on Abraham Lincoln -- Selected bibliography on Winston S. Churchill -- Endnotes -- Index -- Biography of Lewis E. Lehrman.
" ... Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, as commanders in chief, led their nations to victory--Lincoln in the Civil War, Churchill in World War II. They became revered leaders-- statesmen for all time. Yet these two world-famous war leaders have never been seriously compared at book length. Acclaimed historian Lewis Lehrman, in his pathbreaking comparison of both statesmen, finds that Lincoln and Churchill-- with very different upbringings and contrasting personalities-- led their war efforts, to some extent, in similar ways. As supreme war lords, they were guided not only by principles of honor, duty, freedom, but also by the practical wisdom to know when, where, and how to apply these principles. They made mistakes which Lehrman considers carefully. But the author emphasizes that, despite setbacks, they never gave up. Even their writings and speeches were swords in battle. Gifted literary stylists, both men relied on the written and spoken word to steel their citizens throughout desperate and prolonged wars. Both statesmen unexpectedly left office near the end of their wars-- Lincoln by the bullet, Churchill by the ballot."--Jacket.


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A Renowned Historian Gives New Perspective on Revered Leaders Separated by eighty years, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill led their nations to victory in wars of national survival--Lincoln in the Civil War, Churchill in World War II--and became revered leaders, writers and speakers, and statesmen for all time. Yet the two have never been seriously compared at book length. Acclaimed historian Lewis Lehrman finds that Lincoln and Churchill led their wars in remarkably similar fashion, guided by fixed principles of honor, duty, and freedom. Gifted literary stylists, both also relied on the written and spoken word to steel their nation's hearts and give meaning to war's sacrifice. And though both unexpectedly left office near the end of their wars--Lincoln by the bullet, Churchill by the ballot--they had gained victory.

Author Notes

Lewis E. Lehrman received the National Humanities Medal for his work in American history. He has written for the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Review, and Harper's, The Churchill Project at Hillsdale College. His previous books include Lincoln at Peoria and Churchill, Roosevelt, and Company. His other work in history includes cofounding the esteemed Lincoln Prize for Civil War scholarship, the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale, and the Gilder Lehrman Collection at the New-York Historical Society. A graduate of Yale and Harvard, Lehrman has been awarded honorary degrees from Babson College, Gettysburg College, Lincoln College, Marymount University, and Thomas Aquinas College. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Independent historian and journalist Lehrman (Lincoln in Peoria; Churchill, Roosevelt and Co.) examines the political skills and military strategies of Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, both of whom led their countries during crises that threatened their nations' survival. Lehrman uncovers striking similarities; both, for example, had very strong work ethics and showed unassuming courage and magnanimity. Also, the health of each deteriorated significantly during his significant war. Churchill, however, was frequently impatient, aggressive, and even abrasive with his generals-"He had little respect for some, no faith in others, confidence in few"-while Lincoln was often patient to a fault with Union generals and was loved for showing warmth and caring toward lower-rank soldiers. Lehrman organizes this comparative study largely topically rather than chronologically, examining such subjects as the men's respective paths to power, their rhetorical skills, their recruitment strategies, and their legacies. Its only major shortcoming is an overreliance on paragraph-length quotes. Quibbles aside, this is a well-researched, first-rate work whose comparative approach significantly enhances readers' understanding of both men and of effective political leadership during wartime. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Preface: Wars of National Survivalp. xi
Prologuep. 1
Abraham Lincoln before the Civil Warp. 8
Winston Churchill before World War IIp. 10
The Lincoln Teamp. 13
The Churchill Teamp. 15
Lincoln at War: A Few Key Battles of the Civil Warp. 19
Churchill at War: A Few Key Military Operations in Europe during World War IIp. 20
A Comparisonp. 23
I Men of Character: Quintessential Leaders with Different Personalitiesp. 35
II The Unlikely Emergence of Lincoln and Churchillp. 55
III The Rhetoric of Leadershipp. 71
IV Anglo-American Relationsp. 87
V Virtues of Great War Leadersp. 107
VI Managing Ministers and Legislatorsp. 125
VII Finding and Managing Generalsp. 149
VIII Army Leadershipp. 181
IX 1862/1942p. 209
X 1863/1943p. 237
XI 1864/1944p. 255
XII 1865/1945p. 279
XIII Reelection and Reconstructionp. 293
XIV Managing Men at War-Lincoln Stylep. 311
XV Managing Men at War-Churchill Stylep. 331
XVI Legaciesp. 353
XVII Epiloguep. 371
Historiography and Acknowledgmentsp. 385
Selected Bibliography on Abraham Lincolnp. 401
Selected Bibliography on Winston S. Churchillp. 407
Endnotesp. 413
Indexp. 505
Biography of Lewis E. Lehrmanp. 525