What I'm Reading Right Now
Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man, by Walter Stahr. I should note before any comment that Stahr is a close personal friend. But his latest biography is spectacular. One particular area of interest for me in this book: the politics of the 1840s and 1850s, when Seward was governor and then a senator for New York. We see through Seward's eyes the rise and fall of political parties (Anti-Masonic, Whig, Know Nothing) and the disappearance of all other political issues (ethnic and religious strife, temperance, internal improvements, etc.) into the single-issue vortex of slavery.