Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary, the third book I read by Walter Stahr. The other two – Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man has good flow and is an absorbing book. However, I didn’t feel the same about John Jay Founding Father. It didn’t flow well and at times felt boring. Yet I did finish the book and I don’t have regrets choosing to do so.
In his third book, Stahr’s shows Edward Stanton as successful, bright and respected attorney. He also learned to be an effective political operative who effectively served under three US Presidents – Buchanan, Lincoln, and Johnson. I have read many biographies on Lincoln and each author gave a view on his cabinet.
Walter Stahr’s biography of Stanton I feel is well-rounded and even-handed. Also, the author presents him not just as an effective attorney and War Secretary but he also as a man. A man with a strong family bond and religious faith.
I really enjoyed reading Stahr’s most recent biography. He not only reveals a human side to the war secretary but he also offers a different perspective of the Civil War and Reconstruction that followed.
Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary by Walter Stahr