"None spins a yarn more compellingly than John C. Waugh—particularly when it involves human conflict and its historical consequences. Now this gifted writer meets an irresistible subject and the result is a crackling good story about war, politics, and the clash of titanic personalities. Lincoln and McClellan come vividly to life in this book—and it is riveting to be in their company." –Harold Holzer, author of Lincoln: President-Elect
There was no more dynamic pair in the Civil War than Abraham Lincoln and George McClellan. Early in the war, McClellan, only thirty-five years old and commanding the Ohio troops, won skirmishes for the Union in western Virginia. After the disastrous Union defeat at Bull Run in the summer of 1861, Lincoln sent word for McClellan to come to Washington, and soon elevated him to commander-in-chief of the Union army. But in the late summer and fall, things took a turn for the worst. McClellan seemed prone to delay, and had a penchant for vastly overestimating the Confederate forces he faced.
Lincoln and McClellan is a tale of the hubris, paranoia, and eventual failure of George McClellan, and the benign but troubled patience of Abraham Lincoln. Here, award-winning author John C. Waugh provides the first in-depth look at this fascinating relationship, from the early days of the Civil War to the 1864 presidential election, when Lincoln and McClellan had their final showdown.
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