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Stephen A. Douglas by Robert W. Johannsen
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Stephen A. Douglas

by Robert W. Johannsen

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      Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians       For the quarter-century before 1860 Stephen A. Douglas was a dominant         figure on the American political scene, far outshadowing Abraham Lincoln.         This first paperback printing of Robert Johannsen's authoritative biography         features a new preface.       "At once a work of enormous scholarship and of deep insight. Here,         for the first time, is the full story of a great career, told with such         skill that we can now understand why Abraham Lincoln found the 'Little         Giant' the most formidable political rival he ever faced." -- David         H. Donald, author of Lincoln and two-time winner of the Pulitzer         Prize       "Well-organized and marvelously detailed. . . . The book demonstrates         the virtues of large-scale, straightforward narrative biography at its         best. Its completeness and objectivity will make it the standard authority         for many years to come." -- Richard N. Current, The New York Times         Book Review       "Superb. . . . Will doubtless stand as the definitive biography         of Stephen A. Douglas for this generation." -- Hans L. Trefousse,         The Journal of American History       "An impressive work--impressive in scope, in research, and in maturity         of understanding. . . . Johannsen has constructed a biography that is         rich in detail and full of conviction." -- James Z. Rabun, The         Journal of Southern History       "Should take its place in the tradition of magisterial biographies         . . . in which so much of the best writing on American history is to be         found." -- Harry V. Jaffa, National Review       "The research is amazingly exhaustive and the writing is unusually         readable. . . . Outstanding biography of a quality not often matched."         -- LeRoy H. Fischer, Manuscripta       Supported by the Dickerson Fund of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  … (more)

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1870 Stephen A. Douglas, by Robert W. Johannsen (read 18 Oct 1984) This is an excellent 1973 biography. It is well-researched and well-done. I cannot be in accord with Douglas' position, since I believe the abolitionists were right in regard to their total opposition to slavery, but Douglas was a major figure and this book told the story of his public life very well. It is one of the best books of its kind I have read. ( )
  Schmerguls | Sep 9, 2008 |
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