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Walter Stahr | Stanton

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome award-winning biographer Walter Stahr to Harrisburg as he discusses and signs copies of his new historical biography of President Lincoln's War Secretary, STANTON. This event is free and open to the public. 

About the Book:


Award-winning biographer Walter Stahr—author of the New York Times bestseller Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man—breathes new life into one of the most crucial and controversial, yet underappreciated figures in President Lincoln’s cabinet in STANTON: Lincoln’s War Secretary.

A difficult and stubborn genius, Edwin Stanton (1814-1869) was Lincoln’s stalwart Secretary of War, who not only brilliantly organized the Union Army, but dramatically raced to Lincoln’s deathbed on the night of April 14, 1865, and assumed control of the government. Later, President Andrew Johnson attempted to remove Stanton from office after Stanton opposed Johnson’s Reconstruction policies, which led to Johnson’s impeachment. One cannot understand the first impeachment of an American president without understanding Stanton. Walter Stahr’s STANTON truly restores this complicated figure to his proper place in American history and “should be Stanton’s definitive biography for some time to come."

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About the Author:

Walter Stahr is the author of the New York Times bestseller Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man as well as John Jay: Founding Father, a biography of America’s first Supreme Court Chief Justice. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, he practiced international law for twenty-five years, including seven years in Hong Kong and five years with the Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington. He lives in Newport Beach, California.