"A fair-minded, toned-down portrait of a deeply problematic president who could not rise to the country’s challenge after the Civil War."—Kirkus Reviews
"In this short and brilliantly written book, award-winning author Gordon-Reed argues that the nation went from the best President to the worst during this most crucial period of its history . . . This concise, well-documented, and accessible book is recommended for all college and public libraries."—Theresa McDevitt, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Library, Library Journal
Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History and the National Book Award. She holds three appointments at Harvard University: professor of law at Harvard Law School, professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. A MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, she is also the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy; the coauthor with Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., of Vernon Can Read!; and the editor of Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History. She lives in New York City.
"The True Index of His Heart"
Frederick Douglass saw it in a brief glance he exchanged with Andrew Johnson during one of the most important rituals in the life of the American nation, performed at the most trying time in the country's history. It was March 4, 1865, and Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson were about to be sworn in as president and vice president, respectively, of the United States of America.