Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lincoln in the World - Book Review

What else can be written about Abraham Lincoln? How about a book on his foreign policy or lack thereof? While Lincoln is not always remembered as a global strategist, Kevin Peraino's book Lincoln in the World aims to show that Lincoln was a great foreign-policy president who helped bring about America's rise to world power.

Through several conflicts, including a debate between Lincoln and his law partner and a potential war with a French emperor, Peraino points out just how strategic Lincoln was at handling America's foreign relations, thereby avoiding European intervention on the side of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

If you're a fan of Lincoln, then you might enjoy this book. If you're a fan of general history and presidential foreign policy, then you'll find this book interesting. It's not always an entertaining read, and there were a few moments when I thought I should just give up on the book and not finish to the end. I'm not sure I always understood everything in the book, and there were so many names and events to keep track of. If you're expecting something like Team of Rivals, I think you'll be really disappointed.

I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.

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