Lincoln & Churchill: Statesmen at War

Lincoln & Churchill: Statesmen at War

by Lewis E. Lehrman

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Winner of the Abraham Lincoln Institute of Washington’s 2019 book prize!

A Renowned Historian Gives New Perspective on Statesmen at War

Lewis E. Lehrman, a renowned historian and National Humanities Medal winner, gives new perspective on two of the greatest English-speaking statesmen—and their remarkable leadership in wars of national survival

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780811767453
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 01/15/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 29,024
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Preface: Wars of National Survival xi

Prologue 1

Abraham Lincoln before the Civil War 8

Winston Churchill before World War II 10

The Lincoln Team 13

The Churchill Team 15

Lincoln at War: A Few Key Battles of the Civil War 19

Churchill at War: A Few Key Military Operations in Europe during World War II 20

A Comparison 23

I Men of Character: Quintessential Leaders with Different Personalities 35

II The Unlikely Emergence of Lincoln and Churchill 55

III The Rhetoric of Leadership 71

IV Anglo-American Relations 87

V Virtues of Great War Leaders 107

VI Managing Ministers and Legislators 125

VII Finding and Managing Generals 149

VIII Army Leadership 181

IX 1862/1942 209

X 1863/1943 237

XI 1864/1944 255

XII 1865/1945 279

XIII Reelection and Reconstruction 293

XIV Managing Men at War-Lincoln Style 311

XV Managing Men at War-Churchill Style 331

XVI Legacies 353

XVII Epilogue 371

Historiography and Acknowledgments 385

Selected Bibliography on Abraham Lincoln 401

Selected Bibliography on Winston S. Churchill 407

Endnotes 413

Index 505

Biography of Lewis E. Lehrman 525

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