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The demon of unrest : a saga of hubris, heartbreak, and heroism at the dawn of the Civil War

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"On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln became the fluky victor in a tight race for president. The country was bitterly at odds; Southern extremists were moving ever closer to destroying the Union, with one state after another seceding and Lincoln powerless to stop them. Slavery fueled the conflict, but somehow the passions of North and South came to focus on a lonely federal fortress in Charleston Harbor: Fort Sumter. Master storyteller Erik Larson offers a gripping account of the chaotic months between Lincoln's election and the Confederacy's shelling of Sumter-a period marked by tragic errors and miscommunications, enflamed egos and craven ambitions, personal tragedies and betrayals. Lincoln himself wrote that the trials of these five months were "so great that, could I have anticipated them, I would not have believed it possible to survive them." At the heart of this suspense-filled narrative are Major Robert Anderson, Sumter's commander and a former slave owner sympathetic to the South but loyal to the Union; Edmund Ruffin, a vain and bloodthirsty radical who stirs secessionist ardor at every opportunity; and Mary Boykin Chesnut, wife of a prominent planter, conflicted over both marriage and slavery and seeing parallels between them. In the middle of it all is the overwhelmed Lincoln, battling with his duplicitous secretary of state, William Seward, as he tries desperately to avert a war that he fears is inevitable-one that will eventually kill 750,000 Americans. Drawing on diaries, secret communiques, slave ledgers, and plantation records, Larson gives us a political horror story that captures the forces that led America to the brink-a dark reminder that we often don't see a cataclysm coming until it's too late"--

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  • 5 of 78 copies available at Westchester Library System.

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196 current holds with 78 total copies.

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Ardsley Public Library 973.7 L (Text)
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31000151341966
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06/17/2024
Ardsley Public Library 973.73 L (Text)
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31000151335737
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06/22/2024
Bedford Free Library 973.73 L (Text)
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31002150789138
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06/11/2024
Bedford Free Library 973.73 L (Text)
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31002150789146
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06/22/2024
Bedford Hills Free Library 973.711 L (Text)
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31003151546238
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Briarcliff Manor Public Library 973.7 LARSON (Text)
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31036151021265
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06/25/2024
Briarcliff Manor Public Library 973.7 LARSON (Text)
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31036151021281
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Bronxville Public Library 973.71 L (Text)
New Nonfiction
31004151937922
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05/29/2024
Bronxville Public Library 973.71 L (Text)
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31004151937930
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Chappaqua Library 973.73 LARSON (Text)
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31005600129847
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