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1858

ISBN: 9781402262685

By: Bruce Chadwick

Published: 09/06/2011

Praise for 1858:

“Highly recommended—a gripping narrative of the critical year of 1858 and the nation’s slide toward disunion and war…Readers seeking to understand how individuals are agents of historical change will find Chadwick’s account of the failed leadership of President James Buchanan especially compelling.”
—G. Kurt Piehler, author of Remembering War the American Way

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PRAISE FOR 1858

“Highly recommended—a gripping narrative of the critical year of 1858 and the nation’s slide toward disunion and war…Readers seeking to understand how individuals are agents of historical change will find Chadwick’s account of the failed leadership of President James Buchanan especially compelling.”
—G. Kurt Piehler, author of Remembering War the American Way

“Chadwick’s excellent history shows how the issue of slavery came crashing into the professional, public, and private lives of many Americans…Chadwick offers a fascinating premise: that James Buchanan, far from being a passive spectator, played a major role in the drama of his time. 1858 is a welcome addition to scholarship of the most volatile period of American history.”
—Frank Cucurullo, Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

As 1858 dawned, the men who would become the iconic figures of the Civil War had no idea it was about to occur: Jefferson Davis was dying, Robert E. Lee was on the verge of resigning from the military, and William Tecumseh Sherman had been reduced to running a roadside food stand. By the end of 1858, the lives of these men would be forever changed, and the North and South were set on a collision course that would end with the deaths of 630,000 young men.

This is the story of seven men on the brink of a war that would transform them into American legends, and the events of the year that set our union on fire.

About the Author

Bruce Chadwick Ph.D.

Bruce Chadwick, Ph.D., lectures in American history at Rutgers University while also teaching writing at New Jersey City University. He is a former journalist and the author of four other historical books: Brother against Brother: The Lost Civil War Diaries of Lt. Edmund Halsey, Two American Presidents: Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis 1861-1865, Traveling the Underground Railroad and The Reel Civil War: Mythmaking in American Film. He lives in New Jersey.

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Excerpt from Chapter 1: The White House, New Year’s Day, 1858

The year 1858 could not have started in a grander fashion than it did on January 1 in Washington, DC. The New Year arrived on a c...

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Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 17.92 oz
Page Count: 384 pages

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