As celebrations mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we are proud to present Stephen D. Engle’s The War Worth Fighting, a collection of essays offering new perspectives on Abraham Lincoln’s role as president and commander-in-chief.

Abraham Lincoln led our nation through its bloodiest war, abolishing slavery, vindicating democracy, and creating a blueprint for reconstruction along the way. In The War Worth Fighting, renowned Civil War and Lincoln experts take a closer look at just how Lincoln managed the Civil War and reunited the Union. “They remind modern Americans why Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War occupy a central place in our broader national history,” says Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Union War.

Moving beyond the battlefield, the book describes Lincoln’s commitment as a leader, diplomat, and visionary who fashioned a new republic. It also shows how Lincoln ultimately reshaped and redefined the fundamental role of the president.

The War Worth Fighting “may well challenge the conventional wisdom of many readers,” says John M. Belohlavek, author of Broken Glass: Caleb Cushing and the Shattering of the Union. “Our examination of even a well-traveled road such as the study of Lincoln can still be eye-opening,” he explains, saying that the provocative work will be sure to spark many a discussion over cups of coffee.

Stephen D. Engle is professor of history at Florida Atlantic University and director of the Alan B. Larkin and John O’Sullivan History Symposium Series. A former Fulbright Scholar and Gilder Lehrman Fellow, Engle has been a member of the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturers’ Program and the Smithsonian Associates Program.

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