I picked this up when I saw it on the new book shelf at the library and it sounded interesting. Flood writes the story of Lincoln's last year in office, which turned out to be a turning point in the Civil War. As it just so happens, it was also the re-election year for Lincoln. So the author is trying to weave together the political events and the war chronology to make it one cohesive story. Which of course, is the way things work in real life. But he didn't do such a hot job of it. He would frequently jump back and forth with no segue between them. It also felt like one of his primary goals was to have us know the names of every crony and political boss in the Union. He would repeatedly refer back to the same events, such as "So and so, the guy who did this and that which I talked about on pages 15, 98, 124, and 165." So overall, it was an interesting read, I just didn't particularly care for the author's style.