The opposite side of the political history of the Civil War from that given in Dowdey's Experiment in Rebellion (see report P. 477)- this is a sound piece of scholarship and political writing, not for popular consumption. It is a long, detailed study of the politics and personalities which bedeviled the Lincoln administration. It starts with an analysis of the political set-up at the Chicago Convention, which, half-heartedly, nominated Lincoln, and a look at the political and personal backgrounds of the men angling for positions in the government. The author then traces the successive political crises and actions of the Lincoln administration, with emphasis on the men of the war cabinet. A highly specialized piece of Lincolniana- for the long haul.