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Lincoln's Boys - John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image-logo

Lincoln's Boys - John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image

Joshua Zeitz

A timely and intimate look into Abraham Lincoln's White House through the lives of his two closest aides and confidants Lincoln's official secretaries John Hay and John Nicolay enjoyed more access, witnessed more history, and knew Lincoln better than anyone outside of the president's immediate family. Hay and Nicolay were the gatekeepers of the Lincoln legacy. They read poetry and attendeded the theater with the president, commiserated with him over Union army setbacks, and plotted electoral strategy. They were present at every seminal event, from the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to Lincoln's delivery of the Gettysburg Address-and they wrote about it after his death. In their biography of Lincoln, Hay and Nicolay fought to establish Lincoln's heroic legacy and to preserve a narrative that saw slavery-not states' rights-as the sole cause of the Civil War. As Joshua Zeitz shows, the image of a humble man with uncommon intellect who rose from obscurity to become a storied wartime leader and emancipator is very much their creation. Drawing on letters, diaries, and memoirs, Lincoln's Boys is part political drama and part coming-of-age tale-a fascinating story of friendship, politics, war, and the contest over history and remembrance.

A timely and intimate look into Abraham Lincoln's White House through the lives of his two closest aides and confidants Lincoln's official secretaries John Hay and John Nicolay enjoyed more access, witnessed more history, and knew Lincoln better than anyone outside of the president's immediate family. Hay and Nicolay were the gatekeepers of the Lincoln legacy. They read poetry and attendeded the theater with the president, commiserated with him over Union army setbacks, and plotted electoral strategy. They were present at every seminal event, from the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to Lincoln's delivery of the Gettysburg Address-and they wrote about it after his death. In their biography of Lincoln, Hay and Nicolay fought to establish Lincoln's heroic legacy and to preserve a narrative that saw slavery-not states' rights-as the sole cause of the Civil War. As Joshua Zeitz shows, the image of a humble man with uncommon intellect who rose from obscurity to become a storied wartime leader and emancipator is very much their creation. Drawing on letters, diaries, and memoirs, Lincoln's Boys is part political drama and part coming-of-age tale-a fascinating story of friendship, politics, war, and the contest over history and remembrance.
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A timely and intimate look into Abraham Lincoln's White House through the lives of his two closest aides and confidants Lincoln's official secretaries John Hay and John Nicolay enjoyed more access, witnessed more history, and knew Lincoln better than anyone outside of the president's immediate family. Hay and Nicolay were the gatekeepers of the Lincoln legacy. They read poetry and attendeded the theater with the president, commiserated with him over Union army setbacks, and plotted electoral strategy. They were present at every seminal event, from the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to Lincoln's delivery of the Gettysburg Address-and they wrote about it after his death. In their biography of Lincoln, Hay and Nicolay fought to establish Lincoln's heroic legacy and to preserve a narrative that saw slavery-not states' rights-as the sole cause of the Civil War. As Joshua Zeitz shows, the image of a humble man with uncommon intellect who rose from obscurity to become a storied wartime leader and emancipator is very much their creation. Drawing on letters, diaries, and memoirs, Lincoln's Boys is part political drama and part coming-of-age tale-a fascinating story of friendship, politics, war, and the contest over history and remembrance.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Malcolm Hillgartner

Length:

13h


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

18:53


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

27:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

31:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

30:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:01:27


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

52:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

43:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

33:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

50:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

22:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

38:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

48:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

40:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

54:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

59:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

55:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

38:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

44:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:23