Abraham Lincoln's two great legacies to history--his extraordinary
power as a writer and his leadership during the Civil War--come
together in this close study of the President's use of the
telegraph. Invented less than two decades before he entered office,
the telegraph came into its own during the Civil War. In a
jewel-box of historical writing, Wheeler captures Lincoln as he
adapted his folksy rhetorical style to the telegraph, creating an
intimate bond with his generals that would ultimately help win the
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