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John George Nicolay: The Man in Lincoln's Shadow Hardcover – June 28, 2019
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This study represents the first scholarly biography of this self-effacing man so long overshadowed by Lincoln. Drawing on extensive research in the Nicolay Papers, Allen Carden and Thomas Ebert trace Nicolay’s childhood arrival in America to his involvement in journalism and state government in Illinois. Acquainted with Lincoln in Springfield, Nicolay became a trusted assistant selected by Lincoln to be his private secretary. Intensely devoted to the president, he kept the White House running smoothly and allowed Lincoln to focus on the top priorities. After Lincoln’s death, Nicolay’s greatest achievement was his co-authorship, with his White House assistant, John Hay, of the first thoroughly documented account of Lincoln’s life and administration, a work still consulted by historians.
“Nicolay,” Carden and Ebert write, “did not make Lincoln great, but he helped make it possible for Lincoln to achieve greatness.” An essential addition to Lincoln studies, this edifying volume reveals not only how Nicolay served the Great Emancipator during his administration but also how he strove to preserve and shape Lincoln’s legacy for generations to come.
About the Author
Thomas J. Ebert is a retired reference and government documents librarian at California State University, Fresno, where he also served as associate vice president for academic personnel.
- Item Weight : 1.6 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 1621904970
- ISBN-13 : 978-1621904977
- Hardcover : 360 pages
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Univ Tennessee Press; 1st Edition (June 28, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,822,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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