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Stephen A. Douglas

by Robert W. Johannsen

Stephen A. Douglas Synopsis

Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians For the quarter-century before 1860 Stephen A. Douglas was a dominant figure on the American political scene, far outshadowing Abraham Lincoln. This first paperback printing of Robert Johannsen's authoritative biography features a new preface. At once a work of enormous scholarship and of deep insight. Here, for the first time, is the full story of a great career, told with such skill that we can now understand why Abraham Lincoln found the 'Little Giant' the most formidable political rival he ever faced. -- David H. Donald, author of Lincoln and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize Well-organized and marvelously detailed. . . . The book demonstrates the virtues of large-scale, straightforward narrative biography at its best. Its completeness and objectivity will make it the standard authority for many years to come. -- Richard N. Current, The New York Times Book Review Superb. . . . Will doubtless stand as the definitive biography of Stephen A. Douglas for this generation. -- Hans L. Trefousse, The Journal of American History An impressive work--impressive in scope, in research, and in maturity of understanding. . . . Johannsen has constructed a biography that is rich in detail and full of conviction. -- James Z. Rabun, The Journal of Southern History Should take its place in the tradition of magisterial biographies . . . in which so much of the best writing on American history is to be found. -- Harry V. Jaffa, National Review The research is amazingly exhaustive and the writing is unusually readable. . . . Outstanding biography of a quality not often matched. -- LeRoy H. Fischer, Manuscripta Supported by the Dickerson Fund of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Stephen A. Douglas Press Reviews

At once a work of enormous scholarship and of deep insight. Here, for the first time, is the full story of a great career, told with such skill that we can now understand why Abraham Lincoln found the 'Little Giant' the most formidable political rival he ever faced. -- David H. Donald, author of Lincoln and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780252066351
Publication date: 1st April 1997
Author: Robert W. Johannsen
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 1008 pages
Categories: Central government, Political leaders & leadership, Biography: historical, political & military,

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