Book Discussion on Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief

James McPherson talked about his book, Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief, and responded to audience members… read more

James McPherson talked about his book, Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief, and responded to audience members questions. The book is a look at President Lincoln as a military leader, strategist, and commander. Professor McPherson argues that Lincoln studied military strategy through books and eventually came to understand the war better than many of his generals did. He asserts that the war would only be won by defeating armies rather than conquering territory and this was one of Lincoln’s chief concerns. Professor McPherson argues that in essence, President Lincoln invented the idea of commander in chief, as neither the Constitution nor existing legislation specified how the president ought to declare war or dictate strategy. close

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Book Discussion on Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief

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Princeton, New Jersey, United States
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Nov 27, 2008
Last Aired:
Jun 27, 2011

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  • Nov 27, 2008 | 3:35pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 28, 2008 | 3:35am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 29, 2008 | 12:44pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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  • Jun 27, 2011 | 1:05am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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