Abraham Lincoln Deals with Foreign Affairs: A Diplomat in Carpet Slippers

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 505 pages
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"Monaghan has told this whole complex story of Lincoln's conduct of foreign affairs with vigor and wit."-H. S. Commager, New York Times. "Brilliant in style, brilliant in narrative sparkle, and above all brilliant in its easy mastery of an immense body of factual data."-Allan Nevins. "A fine work of narrative history, which combines in rare fashion humor, imagination and scholarly research."-Richard Hofstadter, New Republic. "A fascinating story, and Monaghan gets the most out of it. Good photographs and contemporary cartoons."-New Yorker. "Monaghan, able scholar and skilled writer, has done full justice to this mural-sized canvas. No student of Lincoln will want to miss it."-Boston Globe. On the eve of the American Civil War, the old predatory powers of Europe were waiting to capitalize on the split in the Union. President Lincoln had to prevent foreign governments from giving official recognition to the Confederacy. Jay Monaghan shows how the underestimated, "rustic" president dealt with diplomats both in this country and abroad-and also with contentious politicians and cabinet members. Jay Monaghan's other books include Civil War on the Western Border, 1854-1865 and Custer: The Life of General George Armstrong Custer, both available as Bison Books. Howard Jones is University Research Professor in history at the University of Alabama and author of Union in Peril: The Crisis over British Intervention in the Civil War (Nebraska 1997).

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One aspect of the Civil War that is often overlooked is the rest of the world's impression of it. Here, Monaghan details how Lincoln dealt with foreign powers to prevent them from recognizing the ... Read full review

Contents

QUESTIONS THAT WOULD UNAVOIDABLY COME
13
WORLD
35
Whom COULD HE TRUST IF Not the SECRE
57
No LAWYER AND NO STATESMAN
74
Noisy JACKASSES
94
THEYRE HAVING FITS IN THE WHITE HOUSE
114
DICTATORS AND SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE
133
THE CAPTURE OF MASON AND SLIDELL
155
JANUARY 1862
194
BACK
253
CHAPTER PAGE
333
It Is Not BEST TO SWAP HORSES WHILE CROSS
349
A JOKE WORTHY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
367
EVERY GAMBLER IN THE BLUE GRASS WILL REC
382
A SHIP SAILING TO AN UNKNOWN SHORE
401
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Jay Monaghan?s other books include Civil War on the Western Border, 1854?1865 and Custer: The Life of General George Armstrong Custer, both available as Bison Books. Howard Jones is University Research Professor in history at the University of Alabama and author of Union in Peril: The Crisis over British Intervention in the Civil War (Nebraska 1997).

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