This is a story of a president uncertain and sometimes amateurish, of a man not yet fully recognized as a legitimate leader, of an executive anxious to the point of illness, of a beleaguered figure, occasionally despairing, but also starting to find his footing. Lincoln himself soon remembered it as the most troubled and anxious time of his life, one that might actually have threatened his physical survival. In a sense, it is a story of Abraham Lincoln the human being beginning to become the Abraham Lincoln we now recall.
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Dick Tofel is general manager of Propublica, an investigative reporting venture, and previously was assistant managing editor and assistant publisher of the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of SOUNDING THE TRUMPET (2005) about JFK’s inaugural address; VANISHING POINT (2004) about the disappearance of Judge Crater; A LEGEND IN THE MAKING (2002) about the 1939 Yankees; and RESTLESS GENIUS (2009) about Barney Kilgore and the shaping of the Wall Street Journal.
Richard J. Tofel