Sunday, November 10, 2013
Review: Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power
Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power by Kevin Peraino
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Lincoln in the World: the Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power by Kevin Peraino is a book that takes a deep look into an often overlooked topic of the Lincoln administration--his foreign policy and how it helped to shape modern America. The book looks back at many different aspects of Lincoln's foreign relations, from his beginnings in Springfield debating the Mexican-American War with his law partner to the Trent affair and the communication between Napoleon III and Maxmillian over Mexico. The stories and events in the book help readers see how the United States when from a bratty young nation on the global scene to a country ready to emerge as a superpower.
This book is not a casual read. Readers who will enjoy this book are those that are interested in the Lincoln administration as a whole or those who enjoy studying foreign policy. It is politics and history wrapped up in one, so it can seem like a slow adventure at times, but ultimately you will learn a great deal from reading it.
*Reviewer received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads
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