[June 07, 2014] Another good book for today. This one is about President Abraham Lincoln and his development of leadership skills during the U.S. Civil War. What I like about the book is it shows how Lincoln’s search for an effective commander of Union military forces, helped changed him during his Presidency. The book demonstrates that leadership is something that can develop and improve for even the most competent senior leader.
Lincoln and His Generals. T. Harry William, 2011
The author published this book originally in 1952 and over the next 50 plus years developed the book into one of the truly outstanding works on Lincoln during the war years. The book has been called one of the definitive accounts of Abraham Lincoln’s wartime leadership. In it, Williams dramatizes Lincoln’s long and frustrating search for an effective military leader of the Union Army and traces Lincoln’s transformation from a politician with little military knowledge into a master strategist of the Civil War. Interestingly, Williams demonstrates how Lincoln’s persistent “meddling” into military affairs was important to the North’s war effort and utterly transformed the president’s role as commander in chief.
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