Though Lincoln's ability to harness a cabinet with sharp divisions and strong personalities is widely celebrated, Marvel suggests that Stanton's tenure raises important questions about Lincoln's actual control over the executive branch. This insightful biography also reveals why men like Ulysses S. Grant considered Stanton - who was unashamed to use political power for partisan enforcement and personal preservation - a coward and a bully.
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By Mark Mears on 20-09-15
Now I have to find another Stanton biography
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I'm sure that Mr. Marvel knows more about Edwin Stanton than I do, however I am left needing information from another source. The view of Stanton in this book is much different than that I found in other books (Lincoln's Rivals, other books on Lincoln.) With so many uses of "likely", and other assumptive words, and so many pejorative adjectives to describe Stanton and his actions, one should not use this book as a sole source of information. Mr. Stanton may well be the despicable character described, but I perceive so much bias that I'll have to do my own research elsewhere to gain a more informed viewpoint.
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