Lincoln and McClellan: The Troubled Partnership Between a President and His General (Hardback)
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Lincoln and McClellan: The Troubled Partnership Between a President and His General (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 08/06/2010
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There was no more dynamic pair in the Civil War than Abraham Lincoln and George McClellan. Early in the war, McClellan, only thirty-five years old and commanding the Ohio troops, won skirmishes for the Union in western Virginia. After the disastrous Union defeat at Bull Run in the summer of 1861, Lincoln sent word for McClellan to come to Washington, and soon elevated him to commander-in-chief of the Union army. But in the late summer and fall, things began to take a turn for the worse. McClellan seemed prone to delay, and had a penchant for vastly overestimating the Confederate forces he faced and of underestimating his ability to move expeditiously against them. His relationship with Lincoln began to sour, and Lincoln was famously quoted as saying, "If General McClellan does not want to use the army, I would like to borrow it provided I could see how it could be made to do something." Lincoln and McClellan is a fantastic tale of the hubris, paranoia, and eventual failure of George McClellan, and the troubled patience of Abraham Lincoln. Here, award-winning author John C. Waugh provides the first in-depth look at this fascinating relationship, from the early days of the Civil War to the 1864 presidential election, when Lincoln and McClellan had their final showdown.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230613492
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 443 g
Dimensions: 245 x 162 x 26 mm


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Praise for "Lincoln and McClellan": Enjoyable . . . [Waugh] convincingly paints McClellan as a paranoid narcissist who considered Lincoln a "baboon." . . . . The dynamic between Lincoln and the toweringly neurotic McClellan makes for a revealing case study of the importance of personality and character in war."--"Publishers Weekly" "In this stimulating new book about the most puzzling personality of the Civil War and his uneasy relationship with Lincoln, Jack Waugh treats George B. McClellan with conspicuous fairness. Nevertheless, the general's glaring deficiencies, outsize ego, and petty tendency to blame others for his failures come through loud and clear, contrasting with the sure, steady, and patient demeanor of his long-suffering commander in chief."--James McPherson

"With all the insight and verve that the history-reading public has come to expect from him, Jack Waugh has expertly brought to life on the printed page the interwoven stories o


Praise for "Lincoln and McClellan" Enjoyable . . . [Waugh] convincingly paints McClellan as a paranoid narcissist who considered Lincoln a "baboon." . . . . The dynamic between Lincoln and the toweringly neurotic McClellan makes for a revealing case study of the importance of personality and character in war."--"Publishers Weekly" "In this stimulating new book about the most puzzling personality of the Civil War and his uneasy relationship with Lincoln, Jack Waugh treats George B. McClellan with conspicuous fairness. Nevertheless, the general's glaring deficiencies, outsize ego, and petty tendency to blame others for his failures come through loud and clear, contrasting with the sure, steady, and patient demeanor of his long-suffering commander in chief."--James McPherson

"With all the insight and verve that the history-reading public has come to expect from him, Jack Waugh has expertly brought to life on the printed page the interwoven stories of these two brilliant men and caught the essence of what prevented the success of their collaboration."--Steven Woodworth, author of "Sherman ""None spins a yarn more compellingly than John C. Waugh--particularly when it involves human conflict and its historical consequences. Now this gifted writer meets an irresistible subject and the result is a crackling good story about war, politics, and the clash of titanic personalities. Lincoln and McClellan come vividly to life in this book--and it is riveting to be in their company."--Harold Holzer, author of "Lincoln: President-Elect"

"John C. Waugh once again has melded an historian's skills with his experiences as a correspondent covering the Washington political scene, to give readers a tour de force. In a graceful narrative, Waugh unfolds the story of the clash of wills between President Lincoln as commander in chief and General McClellan. Because of his focus on the relationship of the commander in chief and a senior general, the book is relevant to readers today." -

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