As the nation was moving apart, he was coming together.
A magisterial new biography fails to crack the mystery of America’s greatest general.
Sidney Blumenthal’s elegant chronicle of Abraham Lincoln’s political apprenticeship
The first session of the U.S. Congress was as bitter and riven by divisions—over ideology, taxes, federal versus state power, the role of “big money,” flexible versus strict interpretation of the Constitution—as the 114th Congress. The difference is, we can be proud of the first.