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  • Robert Toombsby Mark Scroggins

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 40.00

    Robert Toombs of Georgia stands as one of the most fiery and influential politicians of the nineteenth century. Sarcastic, charming, egotistical, and gracious, he rose quickly from state office to congressman to senator in the decades before the Civil War. Though he sought sectional reconciliation throughout the 1840s and 1850s, he eventually became... more...

  • Horace Greeleyby Robert C. Williams

    NYU Press 2006; US$ 45.00

    From his arrival in New York City in 1831 as a young printer from New Hampshire to his death in 1872 after losing the presidential election to General Ulysses S. Grant, Horace Greeley (b. 1811) was a quintessential New Yorker. He thrived on the city’s ceaseless energy, with his New York Tribune at the forefront of a national revolution in reporting... more...

  • Henry Adams in the Secession Crisisby Mark J. Stegmaier

    LSU Press 2012; US$ 32.50

    During the Secession Winter session of Congress, twenty-two-year-old Henry Adams worked as private secretary to his father, Representative Charles Francis Adams. Henry wrote four accounts of these crucial months in Washington?an essay, letters to his brother, a segment in his famous autobiography, and twenty-one unsigned letters that Adams composed... more...

  • James Madison Hoodby George C. Kingston

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 38.00

    Captain James Madison Hood was the real U.S. Consul in the novel Anna and the King of Siam, but before his arrival in Bangkok, he was also a merchant ship captain, builder of clipper ships, legislator in both Massachusetts and Illinois, industrialist, and land speculator. He was present at the birth of the Republican Party. As U.S. Consul, he presided... more...

  • The Messageby Richard Wolffe

    Grand Central Publishing 2013; US$ 12.99

    They had 99 problems but Mitt Romney wasn't one. At the start of an epic election, the team trying to reelect President Obama faced a mountain of challenges: a dismal economy, the faded hopes of the first campaign, and a struggle to raise enough cash to compete. No president had risen so fast, or fallen so far, in the modern era. And no president... more...

  • Henry Wilson and the Era of Reconstructionby John L. Myers

    University Press of America 2009; US$ 43.99

    Already a leader of the Republican party when the Civil War began, Henry Wilson had distinguished himself as the most important Congressional figure on military and antislavery and pro-black legislation during the war. more...

  • James K. Polkby Thomas M. Leonard

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000; US$ 28.99

    When he was elected President in 1845, James K. Polk was only 49 years old-at that time the youngest president ever to be elected. He faced a conflicted nation on the verge of tremendous territorial expansion. James K. Polk's four years in office marked the greatest period of territorial acquisition in the history of the country-what New York journalist... more...

  • The Shattering of the Unionby Eric H. Walther

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2003; US$ 28.99

    The 1850s offered the last remotely feasible chance for the United States to steer clear of Civil War. Yet fundamental differences between North and South about slavery and the meaning of freedom caused political conflicts to erupt again and again throughout the decade as the country lurched toward secession and war. The Shattering of the Union is... more...

  • A Good Southernerby Craig M. Simpson

    The University of North Carolina Press 1985; US$ 29.99

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  • A Secession Crisis Enigmaby Daniel W. Crofts

    LSU Press 2010; US$ 24.95

    ?The Diary of a Public Man,? published anonymously in several installments in the North American Review in 1879, claimed to offer verbatim accounts of secret conversations with Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, and Stephen A. Douglas?among others?in the desperate weeks just before the start of the Civil War. Despite repeated attempts to decipher... more...