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From noted Lincoln authority Harold Holzer comes his book on president Lincoln's wholly modern relationship with the press.

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From his earliest days, Abraham Lincoln devoured newspapers. As he started out in politics, he wrote editorials and letters to argue his case. He spoke to the public directly through the press. He even bought a German-language newspaper to appeal to that growing electorate in his state.

When war broke out and the nation was tearing itself apart, Lincoln authorized the most widespread censorship in the nation's history, closing down newspapers that were "disloyal" and even jailing or exiling editors who opposed enlistment or sympathized with secession.

In Lincoln and the Power of the Press, Harold Holzer shows us an activist Lincoln through journalists who covered him from his start to the night of his assassination. In a wholly original way, Holzer shows us politicized newspaper editors battling for power and a masterly president who used the press to speak directly to the people and shape the nation.

"Mr. Holzer's focus is on Lincoln’s complex relationship with journalism in an age when increasing literacy, faster printing presses, speedier means of delivery and the buccaneer entrepreneurship of the nation's first press barons fed public demand for the news." ---Wall Street Journal

"In this engaging history of one of the most divisive periods in American politics, the buildup to the Civil War, Lincoln historian Holzer, tracks how the great political clashes played out in the lively press of the day, creating not-so-delicate marriages between politicians and the journalists writing the 'news.'" ---Kirkus

"The author persuasively illustrates the manner in which each used the other to influence citizen thought, public policy, and eventually the outcome of the Civil War." ---Library Journal Starred Review
Washington Post Bestseller

Library Journal Review

Kirkus Bestseller

Lincoln and the Power of the Press

The War for Public Opinion

Author Harold Holzer

Narrated by Kevin Foley

Publication date Nov 17, 2014

Running time 26 hrs 11 min

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