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Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and…

Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image (original 2014; edition 2014)

by Joshua Zeitz (Author)

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Title:Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image
Authors:Joshua Zeitz (Author)
Info:Viking (2014), Edition: 1St Edition, 400 pages
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Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image by Joshua Zeitz (2014)



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Quite a good summary of Hay and Nicolay's work as Lincoln's secretaries and their great efforts later in life to pen a massive biography of Lincoln. While this is at the center of Zeitz's narrative, he also does an excellent job of removing the pair from Lincoln's shadow - necessary and desirable, since both led interesting lives in their own right. ( )
1 vote JBD1 | Mar 14, 2015 |
Welcome to Great Moments with Mr. Lincolns… Friends. Zeitz wants to showcase Lincoln’s two secretaries, (and later important statesmen of their own right,) John Hay and John Nicolay and their contributions to Lincoln’s legacy. The first part of the book their lives are understandably intertwined with Lincoln, but later are shown in their own careers and the putting together of their biography of Lincoln. The interweaving of the hot button issues of the day and the work of Hay and Nicolay is seamlessly handled and provides a welcome addition to world of Lincoln studies.

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(Prologue) Less than three weeks before his death, John Milton Hay awoke in his cabin room on the RMS Baltic as the great ocean liner, still the jewel of the White Star Line, steamed a course from Liverpool to New York.
September 30, 1855. "As I am now all completely settled and arranged for the term," John Hay reported breathlessly to his family, "I proceed to give you notice of this important fact and to let you know that I still am an inhabitant of the earth."
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A timely and intimate look into Abraham Lincoln’s White House through the lives of his two closest aides and confidants

Lincoln’s official secretaries John Hay and John Nicolay enjoyed more access, witnessed more history, and knew Lincoln better than anyone outside of the president’s immediate family. Hay and Nicolay were the gatekeepers of the Lincoln legacy. They read poetry and attendeded the theater with the president, commiserated with him over Union army setbacks, and plotted electoral strategy. They were present at every seminal event, from the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address—and they wrote about it after his death.

In their biography of Lincoln, Hay and Nicolay fought to establish Lincoln’s heroic legacy and to preserve a narrative that saw slavery—not states’ rights—as the sole cause of the Civil War. As Joshua Zeitz shows, the image of a humble man with uncommon intellect who rose from obscurity to become a storied wartime leader and emancipator is very much their creation.

Drawing on letters, diaries, and memoirs, Lincoln’s Boys is part political drama and part coming-of-age tale—a fascinating story of friendship, politics, war, and the contest over history and remembrance.

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A timely and intimate look into Abraham Lincoln's White House through the lives of his two closest aides and confidants.

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