Lincoln’s Gamble by Todd Brewster

Lincoln's Gamble: How the Emancipation Proclamation Changed the Course of the Civil WarLincoln’s Gamble: How the Emancipation Proclamation Changed the Course of the Civil War by Todd Brewster

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In “Lincoln’s Gamble,” Todd Brewster has shown us a portrait of a man who has been idolised and also commonly misjudged and shows the type of political genius he truly was.

I appreciated that this book did not focus simply on the life and death of the former president, but really dug down deep and showed the tough decisions the man had to face and the way he rose to become one of the most recognisable political figures in American history.

The picture the author painted of Lincoln was less about the author’s own feelings toward Lincoln and more derived from historical documents. He did an excellent job of making this book seem less like rigid non-fiction and more like a story of a man who lived through and was at the centre of some of the most monumental decisions of our time.

However, if you are already familiar with the events surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation and how Lincoln came to write it, this will not offer a lot of new information for you. In the way of Lincoln books, of which there are many, this is a good one. Still, I had hoped for a bit more detail in some respects.

A good book for those interested in history and the 16th president.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

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