UCI Libraries celebrates the publication of
Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary
featuring Author Walter Stahr
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
UCI Libraries, Langson Library
Roger C. Holden Faculty and Graduate Student Reading Room
Free and open to the public. Limited seating.
Sponsored by the Partners of the UCI Libraries.
6:30 - 7:30 PM - Program
7:30 - 8:30 PM - Book Signing and Reception
About the Author: Walter Stahr is the author of biographies of John Jay, William Henry Seward, and Edwin Stanton. A former lawyer, he lives with his wife in Newport Beach, California. He is also the son of John and Elizabeth Stahr, longtime supporters of UCI and recipients of the UCI Medal.
About the Book: Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s indispensable Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, the man the president entrusted with raising the army that preserved the Union. Walter Stahr’s essential book is the first major biography of Stanton in fifty years, restoring this underexplored figure to his proper place in American history.
Praise for “Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary”:
"Walter Stahr has delivered another solid, well-researched biography of a major, if often overlooked, figure in American history. His portrait of Edwin Stanton is fair-minded, rigorous, and scrupulously honest, balancing his sometimes questionable record on civil liberties with the logistical wizardry that he applied to win the Union war effort. Stanton is thus a welcome and significant addition to the ample literature on the Civil War and Reconstruction.” -- Ron Chernow, author of “Alexander Hamilton”
“A lively, lucid, and opinionated history . . . The book should be Stanton’s definitive biography for some time to come.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Walter Stahr has delivered another solid, well-researched biography of a major, if often overlooked, figure in American history. His portrait of Edwin Stanton is fair-minded, rigorous, and scrupulously honest, balancing his sometimes questionable record on civil liberties with the logistical wizardry that he applied to win the Union war effort.Stanton is thus a welcome and significant addition to the ample literature on the Civil War and Reconstruction.”—Ron Chernow, author of The New York Times Bestseller Alexander Hamilton and Washington: A Life
“Walter Stahr has given us the best all-around account of Stanton’s life as Lincoln’s Secretary of War in over half-a-century. Here is the biography of America’s most difficult man—delightfully written, well-informed, humane and judicious.”—Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, winner of The Lincoln Prize
“Walter Stahr’s Stanton offers a masterly account of one of the great characters of the Civil War. The Secretary of War from 1862-1865 was irascible, autocratic, and vengeful, but also steadfast, punctilious, and practical. This fascinating biography reveals how such a complex and unlikely figure came to play such a vital role at the country’s hour of peril.”—Amanda Foreman, author of A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War
“In this well researched, forcefully written and argued biography, Walter Stahr shows why Stanton deserves great credit for helping to make Lincoln a successful leader. The gruff, irascible, humorless war secretary and the magnanimous, affable, humorous president were an odd couple, but together they provided the extraordinary leadership that the times required.”—Michael Burlingame, author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life
“Stahr has given us not only the definitive biography of the man after Lincoln most responsible for Union victory, but also a work of stunning force and literary excellence. Indeed, I believe Stanton to be one of the finest Civil War biographies ever written.”—Peter Cozzens, prize-winning author of The Earth is Weeping
“Stahr, in an exceedingly important biography, gives us the good, bad and ugly about one of our most controversial yet effective cabinet members. A must read for all interested in Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and Reconstruction.”—Frank J. Williams, founding Chair of The Lincoln Forum and retired Chief Justice of the RI Supreme Court
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Date & Location
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: University of California, Irvine
Self parking ($2/hour)
UCI Student Center Parking Structure or Parking Lot 2 (Pay by space)