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Lincoln and the Tools of War
Bruce chronicles President Lincoln's struggle against bureaucratic red tape and his dealings with the colorful parade of inventors, ordnance experts, bureaucrats, military officers, and lobbyists who heralded a new era in warfare.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by University of Illinois Press
(first published January 1st 1974)
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Finally finished this sucker. It took me several months and only on a plane ride where I skimmed it did I finish. Too many names, too many details and no consistent story line made it a very dated and tough read. In Lauren Hillenbrand's hands, I believe that this book could have been a bestseller because it has enough interesting content to be so. I did find it troublesome that the war could have been over so much sooner with a different ordinance officer to stay nothing of the generals...
Mar 22, 2011 Hartley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any civil war table
Really the best book I read about the workings in Washington during the war and Lincoln's involvement. Here in my little town, we contracted to make Springfield 1861. The owners of the factory fleeced the government until Cameron was thrown out.