By John F. Marszalek
In the summer time of 1862, President Lincoln known as normal Henry W. Halleck to Washington, D.C., to take command of all Union armies within the loss of life fight opposed to the Confederacy. For the subsequent turbulent years, Halleck used to be Lincoln's leader struggle consultant, the guy the President deferred to in all army concerns. but, even though he used to be commanding normal some distance longer than his successor, Ulysses S. provide, he's remembered in basic terms as a failed guy, overlooked via posterity.
In the 1st complete biography of Halleck, the prize-winning historian John F. Marszalek recreates the lifetime of a guy of huge success who bungled his most crucial project. while Lincoln summoned him to the nation's capital, Halleck boasted awesome skills as an army theorist, a criminal student, a courageous soldier, and a California entrepreneur. but within the thick of conflict, he could not make crucial judgements. not able to supply victory for the Union forces, he observed his energy turn into subsumed through Grant's emergent management, a loss that cleared the path for Halleck's route to obscurity.
Harnessing formerly unused learn, in addition to the insights of recent medication and psychology, Marszalek finds the seeds of Halleck's deadly wartime indecisiveness in character features and illnesses. during this terrific dissection of a wealthy and disenchanted existence, we achieve new realizing of ways the foremost judgements of the Civil conflict have been taken, in addition to perception into the making of potent army leadership.
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Commander of All Lincoln’s Armies: A Life of General Henry W. Halleck by John F. Marszalek