I would not call myself a history buff, but I have a great appreciation for those who came before us. When I heard about the premise of this book, I was intrigued. It did not disappoint. Since I am not a history scholar, I had never really thought about the immediate situation that Lincoln stepped into as a new president. This book lays out the evolving calamity that was the United States in early 1861. And again, I had no idea that Lincoln was such a charismatic figure even before his inauguration. The descriptions of each city on Lincoln's circuitous route to Washington D.C., and the illustrations and photographs accompanying them were fascinating. I now have even greater appreciation and reverence for Lincoln's place in our history, which I would not have thought possible. The amount of detailed research done by this author is hard to fathom. This book is a great and successful project.