Lincoln's White House: The People's House in Wartime

November 20, 2020
Lincoln's White House: The People's House in Wartime

Co-winner of the 2017 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln PrizeLincoln's White House is the first book devoted to capturing thelook, feel, and smell of the executive mansion from Lincoln'sinauguration in 1861 to his assassination in 1865. James Conroybrings to life the people who knew it, from servants to cabinetsecretaries. We see the constant stream of visitors, from ordinarycitizens to visiting dignitaries and diplomats. Conroy enables thereader to see how the Lincolns lived and how the administrationconducted day-to-day business during four of the most tumultuousyears in American history. Relying on fresh research and acharacter-driven narrative and drawing on untapped primary sources,he takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes tour that provides newinsight into how Lincoln lived, led the government, conducted war,and ultimately, unified the country to build a better governmentof, by, and for the people.