Daniel Weinberg speaks with Walter Stahr about Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary.
Stanton honors the indispensable partner of the sixteenth president. Walter Stahr’s essential book is the first major biography of Stanton in fifty years, restoring this underexplored figure to his proper place in American history.
Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary A difficult and stubborn genius, Edwin Stanton (1814-1869) was Lincoln’s stalwart Secretary of War, who not only brilliantly organized the Union Army, but dramatically raced to Lincoln’s deathbed on the night of April 14, 1865, and assumed control of the government. Later, President Andrew Johnson attempted to remove Stanton from office after Stanton opposed Johnson’s Reconstruction policies, which led to Johnson’s impeachment. One cannot understand the first impeachment of an American president without understanding Stanton. Walter Stahr’s STANTON truly restores this complicated figure to his proper place in American history and “should be Stanton’s definitive biography for some time to come” (Kirkus, starred review). About the Author
By Walter Stahr
Air Date/Time August 23, 2pm (Central)
1st ed., 768, hardcover
Walter Stahr is the author of the New York Times...
About the Author