Chorus of the Union: How Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas Set Aside Their Rivalry to Save the Nation

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5.91 X 9.13 X 1.34 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Edward Robert McClelland is the author of Young Mr. Obama, about the president's early years in Chicago, Nothin' But Blue Skies, a cultural history of the Rust Belt, and most recently, Midnight In Vehicle City, about the pivotal Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936. McClelland's work has appeared in the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Tribune, Salon, the New York Times, and a recent piece on the importance of the Stephen Douglas concession was published (on January 6th) in the Washington Post. Edward lives in Chicago.
Praise for Young Mr. Obama:

"For the many Americans who remain fascinated with the American president, Young Mr. Obama makes for insightful, enlightening reading, a worthy supplement to Remnick's book and a valuable contribution to the record on the 44th president."-- "Christian Science Monitor"
"McClelland explores how Chicago's long-established African American political power bases helped nurture Obama's career."-- "San Francisco Chronicle"
"Young Mr. Obama argues convincingly that our first black president couldn't have come from any place other than Chicago. If you want to understand the 'Chicago-style' politics that shaped our president, you have to read Young Mr. Obama."--Joan Walsh, editor in chief of
"[McClelland] makes a convincing case that President Obama's experiences in his adopted city shaped him profoundly and helped make him the seasoned and formidable politician he is today. An engaging overview of the president's early political education."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"As Barack Obama's presidency is beset by falling ratings, a weak economy, and an antideficit mood, McClelland's examination of Obama's ascendency should encourage supporters and instill caution in opponents."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"A captivating and important new book on Douglas's relationship with Lincoln, from their 1858 debates to Douglas's death two months after Fort Sumter. Beautifully conceived and deeply researched, it is also a sheer pleasure to read."--Professor John Stuaffer, Harvard University
"In this highly readable study of the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas, McClelland offers the reader an absorbing and compelling story of how two long-time rivals put aside their profound political differences in order to preserve the Union. Eloquently written and thought-provoking, Chorus of the Union sheds new light on a rivalry that has long been misunderstood. This splendid book will become a classic source for understanding these two complicated men."--Thomas A. Horrocks, author of Lincoln's Campaign Biographies
"The political rivalry between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas fades away as the Union's future grows uncertain in this insightful account from historian McClelland. The book's great strength is its revealing portrait of Douglas, whose maddening contradictions and 'both sides-isms' made him enemies in every quarter, including among fellow Democrats. Artfully blending biography and history, McClelland gives the 'Little Giant' his due as a unifier. It's a wise examination of America's divisive antebellum politics."--Publishers Weekly