President Abraham Lincoln is known as the Great Emancipator, the Savior
of the Union, and an American martyr to the people who read about him.
But that was not how his sons knew him.
Alan Manning invites readers to see not the thoughtful, burdened
president delivering the Gettysburg Address to a war-torn nation, but a
man quietly reading bedtime stories to his sleepy-eyed sons; and not
the resolute commander-in-chief seeking out winning generals and
forming war policy, but a man wrestling with his own grown son’s
to join the army and go off to war.
A combination of history,
biography, and family culture, this book follows Lincoln from his
growing law practice in Springfield through the turbulent war years in
the White House, highlighting the same challenges that many fathers
face today: balancing a successful career with paternal
responsibilities—a perspective largely ignored by previous
biographers, thus helping to complete the portrait of one of the most
popular, significant, and complex figures in American history.