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Author Marvel, William, author.

Title Lincoln's autocrat: the life of Edwin Stanton [Hoopla electronic resource] / William Marvel.

Edition Unabridged.
Imprint [United States] : Tantor Media, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2015.
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Description 1 online resource (1 audio file (27hr., 27 min.)) : digital.
Series Civil War America
Civil War America (Series). Spoken word.
Access Digital content provided by hoopla.
Cast Read by Norman Dietz.
Summary Edwin M. Stanton (1814-1869), one of the nineteenth century's most impressive legal and political minds, wielded enormous influence and power as Lincoln's Secretary of War during most of the Civil War and under Johnson during the early years of Reconstruction. In the first full biography of Stanton in more than fifty years, William Marvel offers a detailed reexamination of Stanton's life, career, and legacy. Marvel argues that while Stanton was a formidable advocate and politician, his character was hardly benign. Climbing from a difficult youth to the pinnacle of power, Stanton used his authority--and the public coffers--to pursue political vendettas, and he exercised sweeping wartime powers with a cavalier disregard for civil liberties. Though Lincoln's ability to harness a cabinet with sharp divisions and strong personalities is widely celebrated, Marvel suggests that Stanton's tenure raises important questions about Lincoln's actual control over the executive branch. This insightful biography also reveals why men like Ulysses S. Grant considered Stanton a coward and a bully, who was unashamed to use political power for partisan enforcement and personal preservation.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject Stanton, Edwin M. (Edwin McMasters), 1814-1869.
Cabinet officers -- United States -- Biography. -- Sound recordings.
United States. War Department -- Biography.
Statesmen -- United States -- Biography. -- Sound recordings.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Biography.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Biography. -- Sound recordings.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1861-1865.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1869.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Friends and associates.
Added Author Dietz, Norman, narrator.
hoopla digital.
ISBN 9781494593407 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
1494593408 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
Music No. MWT11358709
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