At the time of Abraham Lincoln's election to president, five former presidents were still alive-an unprecedented and never-again achieved number. DeRose provides a fresh look at the politics of the Civil War by focusing on the interactions between the eloquent and passionate Illinoisan and predecessors John Tyler, Franklin Pierce, Martin Van Buren, James Buchanan, and Millard Fillmore. He reveals the former presidents' opposition to Lincoln's presidency and many of his now-historic positions, such as the Emancipation Proclamation, and their constant fight against Lincoln's administration. Derose sets this thorough and fascinating history in a well-developed and rich foundation of the presidencies and politics leading up to Lincoln's two terms, and he concludes by pointing out the way Lincoln changed the presidency as his predecessors had feared: into a 'dynamic' and 'powerful force for principle,' which was for Lincoln the principle of freedom for all men. . . .[T]his book is a well-written, thorough, and engaging look into a unique political situation in American history. (Publishers Weekly)
It is a masterful analysis. . . .The Presidents' War is well written and well researched. It addressed an interesting component of the Civil War that is sure to enlighten and entertain anyone interested in the war, politics or the presidency. (Civil War News)
Chris DeRose is the author of the highly acclaimed Congressman Lincoln: The Making of America’s Greatest President and Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, the Bill of Rights, and the Election that Saved a Nation. DeRose is an assistant professor of law at Arizona Summit Law School and political strategist who for the past seventeen years has served in nearly every capacity on campaigns up and down the ballot in five different states. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
Visit him at chrisderosebooks.com or @chrisderose on Twitter.
I consider myself a bit of a Civil War buff; the more I read and learn about the Civil War, the more,fascinated I become by it. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Christopher L. Holm
This book should be read by every HS student before graduation with a test on the critical events prior to Fort Sumter.Published 23 days ago by Richard Van Alen
The obvious shill reviewers who rated this book highly notwithstanding, it has been a long time since I've read a book this poorly written. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Informative but had to stretch a bit to make his point. Really makes you think there is something to the great men at the right time in history point of view. Read morePublished 2 months ago by don't look back
I saw the author of this book speaking about it on C-SPAN last year and immediately wanted a copy, but waited until last month to order one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason Galbraith
When Abraham Lincoln took up residence in the White House in March 1861, he had five former occupants looking over his shoulder. No president ever had more. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Bicknell
Mr. DeRose sure sets the record straight. You need to get a copy to see for yourself, the former Presidents who were vacillators, turncoats, and loyal to Lincoln's plan for the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Way Of Zornes Sr.
A pretty good summation of the decades of American policy that divided the country leading to the Civil War. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David R. Jackson