Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington | Ted Widmer

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2020: Book #16


Mistakes happen.
You just have to know how to recover.

As he stood before the crowd he said, “There are no real problems happening.  Nothing that really matters.”

Do what?

Lincoln said this multiple times on his 13-day journey to D.C. after being elected President.

In other speeches, he was honest and reflective about the status of the nation.

Lincoln recovered, however.
He got it.
He grew.

Why did he misstep? Not a clue.

Perhaps he wanted to believe the best and communicated it in the wrong way.

There’s a chance he didn’t want to scare the American people about the dangers facing the country.

Either way, Lincoln finally got it right.

That’s one of the many lessons and stories I gained from Ted Widmer’s new book, “Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington.”

Superbly written.

Widmer takes the reader on the 13-day train ride of Lincoln from his hometown to Washington D.C. where he would be sworn in as President of the United States.  Assassination plots. Crowds. Trains. Weather.

The book is truly fascinating as you follow Lincoln to Washington.

Widmer does take a few unfortunate detours in the book.
You get a history of trains, the pork industry, agriculture and so on.
He attempts to provide a backdrop for Lincoln’s many stops at various cities.
But in those backdrops, one often forgets it’s a book about Lincoln.

I give it 4 stars out of a possible 5.

That’s book #16 for 2020.

36 more to go.

Leaders are readers.

If you want to be a better leader…be a reader.



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