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366 Days in Abraham Lincoln's Presidency: The Private, Political, and Military Decisions of America's Greatest President

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In a startlingly innovative format, journalist Stephen A. Wynalda has constructed a painstakingly detailed day-by-day breakdown of president Abraham Lincoln’s decisions in office—including his signing of the Homestead Act on May 20, 1862; his signing of the legislation enacting the first federal income tax on August 5, 1861; and more personal incidents like the day his ele ...more
Hardcover, 590 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Skyhorse Publishing
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Matthew Bartlett
There have been endless amounts of books written about Abraham Lincoln and his presidency both from the angles of the good and the bad, so this book is another additive to the collection. Throughout this book, there are many examples of what Lincoln went through in the political, private and militaristic realm of his career but some of these stories attempt to bring about a conclusion which is not reality. What this book does is write a myriad of human interest stories throughout his tenure as p ...more
Dennis McDonald
Episodic (day by day) nature of book is both a strength ad a weakness.
Joe
Feb 05, 2016 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Wynalda has wrote an interesting book on the Lincoln's Presidency. Taking 366 days in that presidency in detail he is able to explore in depth such topics as was Lincoln poor (no), uneducated (no, he was unschooled but very well read), gay (probably not, it was the 19th century sharing a bed with someone of the same gender was fairly common), Christian/Atheist ( probably the former but he was at least a skeptic in his younger years).

A loving but realistic portrait of a man who was the m
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Jeff
Apr 18, 2015 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb book with an interesting concept - per the title - 366 days in Lincoln's presidency. And, of course, the dates are not randomly chosen. He has multiple entries dealing with Lincoln's religion, or lack thereof; all the drama leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation; various battles and military campaigns; posts alluding to his youth and family ties; his wife's shopaholic habit; even posts dwelling on his supposed homosexuality. All in all, a great book for anyone who prefers "history li ...more
Glen Chern
Sep 16, 2014 Glen Chern rated it really liked it
This is a truly remarkable account of the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln. The format provides the reader with valuable insights and anecdotes which shed light on Lincoln the man as much as Lincoln the President.

The only reason I did not give this book five stars is the abundance of editing errors, particularly with dates and names. Poor editing is a distraction at the least, but demonstrates a lack of pride in the finished product.
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Shelves: history, civil-war
Also try 366 Days in Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency: The Private, Political, and Military Decisions of America’s Greatest President by Stephen A. Wynalda. Wynalda uses a unique format, analyzing the day-by-day decisions, both personal and presidential, Lincoln made during his time in office, which allows the reader to come to see the division between the myth and the man. ISBN 9781602399945
Lawrence
Sep 18, 2014 Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A well written history of Lincoln's presidency showing that on some days nothing of great import happening, But on days that events that changed our history and the outcome of the war. Insight into Lincoln's feelings about the south and little known insight into his opinions about Blacks and what to do with freed slaves.
Nancy Graham
Dec 25, 2015 Nancy Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best Lincoln books I've read. A delightful organization, which helped me make new connections. Well footnoted and engagingly written. Wonderful!
Roger Kottwitz
Jul 29, 2014 Roger Kottwitz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A glimpse of history

I was thrilled with this book! God bless the author who made it possible to look into the Lincoln window !
Chuck
Aug 15, 2015 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can never read too many books on Abraham Lincoln and this was one of them. It was well written and exposed me to some facts of which I was not aware of.
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Sep 03, 2015 Craig R Bolas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept of breaking down his 4 yrs of being President into one calendar year, showing what he was doing on that calendar day from one of the four years.
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“NOVEMBER 29 “Chevalier” Wikoff Lincoln, on this day in 1861, read to his cabinet part of his first annual message to Congress. Subsequently the message—to be delivered on December 3—was, however, prematurely leaked to the press, prompting an investigation of Henry Wikoff and the first lady. In her first year in the White House, Mary Lincoln held evening soirees in the downstairs Blue Room. Her guests were mostly men who doted on her and, as journalist Henry Villard noted, Mary was vulnerable to “a common set of men and women whose bare-faced flattery easily gained controlling influence over her.” One such flatterer was Wikoff, a European adventurer who was an intimate of the French emperor, Napoleon. The New York Herald sent Wikoff to Washington as a secret correspondent for them. Wikoff charmed his way into Mary’s salon to become, as Villard claimed, a “guide in matters of social etiquette, domestic arrangements, and personal requirements, including her toilette.” The “Chevalier” Wikoff escorted Mary on her shopping sprees as an advisor, and repaid the first lady with stories in the Herald about her lavish spending. When the Herald published excerpts of Lincoln’s annual message, it was alleged that Wikoff was the leak and Mary his source. A House judiciary committee investigated and Wikoff claimed that it was not Mary but the White House gardener, John Watt, who was his source, and Watt confirmed Wikoff’s claim. As reporter Ben Poore wrote, “Mr. Lincoln had visited the Capitol and urged the Republicans on the Committee to spare him disgrace, so Watt’s improbable story was received and Wikoff liberated.” In February 1862, a reporter named Matthew Hale Smith of the Boston Journal showed Lincoln proof that Wikoff was working for the Herald. “Give me those papers and sit here till I return,” said the president on his way to confront Wikoff. He returned to tell Smith that the “chevalier” had been “driven from the Mansion [White House] that night.” 0 likes
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