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Lincoln: A Novel Summary
Gore Vidal

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Lincoln Summary

Plot Summary

Lincoln is an historical novel by Gore Vidal, covering the time of Abraham Lincoln's troubled presidency, 1861-1864. It follows the course of political and military battles from his arrival in Washington, D.C., through his assassination. The ending, by his secretary, argues in hindsight that Lincoln is the greatest American president, who offers himself as atonement to the nation.

Marked for assassination as President-elect, Lincoln must sneak into Washington, DC, incognito, on 23 Feb. 1861. He assembles a diverse Cabinet including political rivals William H. Seward at the State Department and Salmon P. Chase at the Treasury Department. Also vying for power are the Cooke brothers and the Blairs, whose "Old Gentleman" father longs for a return to power as in the Age of Jackson. Chase and Seward are both preparing for White House runs for 1864. When Fort Sumter falls shortly after his inauguration, Lincoln calls up the militia and...

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