In a masterly narrative, historian and novelist Charles Bracelen Flood brings to life the drama of Abraham Lincoln's final year, in which he oversaw the final campaigns of the Civil War, was re-elected president, and laid out his vision for the nation's future in a reunified South and in the expanding West.
At the beginning of 1864, the Civil War was far from won; terrible and bloody Union setbacks and casualties lay ahead. Abraham Lincoln was facing a re-election battle as some northern Democrats were ready to start peace talks that could leave the Confederacy a separate slaveholding American nation and as his secretary of the treasury, Salmon P. Chase, challenged him for the Republican nomination. But by the end of the year, the war's end was in sight, and slavery was on the verge of extinction.
Despite all the turmoil of war and political infighting, Lincoln also set the stage for a new era of westward expansion. He shaped the decades to come through laws and subsidies that propelled railroads westward, by the Homestead Act that offered western lands to immigrant farmers and by the Act to Encourage Immigration that enabled 615,000 men, women, and children to arrive in America during the Civil War.
As the year ended, John Wilkes Booth, who stalked Lincoln throughout 1864, was only a few weeks away from assassinating our greatest president.
"The book is as adept at analyzing Lincoln’s choices as at showing what they meant to his ravaged nation." —The New York Times
"A brilliant, compelling account of Lincoln's dramatic final full year of life." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"A compelling narrative…. Engagingly spun and well documented." —Library Journal
About the Author - Charles Bracelen Flood
Charles Bracelen Flood is the author of twelve books, including Grant and Sherman: The Friendship that Won the Civil War; Lee: The Last Years; Hitler: The Path to Power; and Rise, and Fight Again: Perilous Times Along the Road to Independence, winner of an American Revolution Round Table Award. He lives with his wife on a farm in Richmond, Kentucky.
About the Narrator - Mel Foster
Mel Foster is a former ad agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials. An audiobook narrator since 2002, he won an Audie Award for Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey and an AudioFile Earphones Award for the novel Match Made in Heaven by Bob Mitchell. Mel is the author of several novels, including Shaking Hands with Lefkowitz, and he hopes that one day listeners will get the opportunity to hear him reading something that he's written himself.