"After reading Harris's account, it is impossible not to sympathize with Lincoln's comment that the turmoil in Missouri had 'tormented' him 'beyond endurance.' Harris distinguishes his work with sound judgment, thorough research, and a readable style. Though he finds fault with Lincoln's course of action in some instances--after rioting in Baltimore, for example, Harris asserts the new president was not careful enough to distinguish states' rights supporters from secessionists--all in all Harris regards Lincoln's border state policies as impressively successful. It is hard to disagree."
--Indiana Magazine of History
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"In this important new study, Harris examines Lincoln's sometimes rocky relations with the border states and shows with great precision how Lincoln managed to keep the border states mostly on his side and get slavery abolished therein as well."--James M. McPherson, author of Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief
"A masterful work that probes one of Lincoln's most persistent and intractable dilemmas."--Daniel E. Sutherland, author of A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War
"A definitive study that adds a new level of understanding to a neglected but crucial Civil War subject."--Harold Holzer, Chairman, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation