Origins of the Civil War: PART 6 of 10. Wrestling With His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. II, 1849-1856 by Sidney Blumenthal..

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Origins of the Civil War: PART 6 of 10. Wrestling With His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. II, 1849-1856 by Sidney Blumenthal..

“Blumenthal brings a sharp, battle-honed political mind to the task of re-telling this seemingly familiar story. . . . His feel for the heat of partisan combat gives his book a sense of immediacy and excitement. More than that, he draws insightful parallels between the bitter political fights of the 19th and 21st centuries, suggesting that the great moral divides of the past are still with us today. . . . Wrestling With His Angel manages to put flesh on the dry bones of forgotten political characters. . . . Wrestling With His Angel retells this crucial chapter in Lincoln’s story with fresh eyes, ones that don’t miss its relevance to today.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

“A deeply fascinating story in an often overlooked period of Lincoln's life. . . . Blumenthal draws one vivid picture after another of these least-known years of Lincoln's life . . . intelligent and rigorous.” (Christian Science Monitor)

“Blumenthal is urgent, unflagging, so full of a sense of an impending doom for the republic that, by the end of the book, it almost seems beyond belief that any one person could rise equal to the task of saving it.” (Allen Guelzo Washington Monthly)

"Blumenthal has spent his life in the interconnected worlds of politics and journalism, and it shows: He grasps that political genius in ways others could not, making Lincoln more politically plausible." (The Washington Post)

“A sprawling account of the larger political history of the United States” (The New York Review of Books)

“Grippingly and gracefully written.” (James Fallows, The Atlantic)

“Magisterial . . . A vividly written, wide-ranging and often surprising account of the president-to-be.” (The New York Times Book Review)

Read less About the Author Sidney Blumenthal is the former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton. He has been a national staff reporter for The Washington Post, Washington editor and staff writer for The New Yorker, senior writer for The New Republic, and contributed to numerous additional publications. His books include the bestselling The Clinton Wars, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment and The Permanent Campaign. Among his films, he was the executive producer of the Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning Taxi to the Dark Side.

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