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Finally, a full review of Seward's flaws and accomplishments,
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This review is from: Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man (Hardcover)
Walter Stahr did great work with his book on John Jay and my expectations were high for his new book on Seward. My expectations were exceeded as Walter finally gives a full portrait of Lincoln's Indispensable Man. His accomplishments were many as he kept France and Great Britain out of the civil war, talked Napoleon into vacating Mexico, bought Alaska for a song and really laid down much of the foundation for the current American Empire. However, he had his flaws and Walter discusses them with candor and insight. We have been blessed with many fine works on our great leaders, Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. What Walter has achieved is a reminder that great men are always backed by outstanding teammates and there are no better examples than Jay and Seward. His contribution is achieved in a well-researched, thorough and readable fashion in his two current books and I cannot wait to see what comes next.