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Book review of 'Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary'

Thomas Mallon | NYT 

STANTON  Lincoln’s War Secretary  Walter Stahr  Simon & Schuster 743 pages; $35 During his second tour of America, in 1867, Charles Dickens dined in Washington with the secretary of war, Edwin McMasters Stanton. The evening was something of a dream come true for Stanton: Dickens was his favourite author, a writer he read nearly every night. For the novelist, a maestro of deathbeds, it was a chance to learn of Lincoln’s final hours from the man who had supervised them two years earlier. With his champion whiskers and voluble temper, Stanton ...

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First Published: Sun, August 13 2017. 22:41 IST