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Dispatch: 23 January 2017
Lincoln in the World: The Making of a /Peraino, Kevin/Hardb/0307887200/S038-F
A captivating look at how Abraham Lincoln evolved into one of our seminal foreign-policy presidentsùand helped point the way to AmericaÆs rise to world power.
This is the story of one of the most breathtaking feats in the annals of American foreign policyùperformed by one of the most unlikely figures. Abraham Lincoln is not often remembered as a great foreign-policy president. He had never traveled overseas and spoke no foreign languages. And yet, during the Civil War, Lincoln and his team skillfully managed to stare down the ContinentÆs great powersùdeftly avoiding European intervention on the side of the Confederacy. In the process, the United States emerged as a world power in its own right.
Engaging, insightful, and highly original, Lincoln in the World is a tale set at the intersection of personal character and national power. The narrative focuses tightly on five distinct, intensely human conflicts that helped define LincolnÆs approach to foreign affairsùfrom his debate, as a young congressman, with his law partner over the conduct of the Mexican War, to his deadlock with Napoleon III over the French occupation of Mexico. Bursting with colorful characters like LincolnÆs bowie-knife-wielding minister to Russia, Cassius Marcellus Clay; the cunning French empress, EugÚnie; and the hapless Mexican monarch MaximilianùLincoln in the World draws a finely wrought portrait of a president and his team at the dawn of American power.