The Fiery Trial Reviews
"Lincoln is no paragon in Foner's searching portrait, but something more essential--a politician with an open mind and a restless conscience." - Publishers Weekly
"In the vast library on Lincoln, Foner's book stands out as the most sensitive and sensible reading of Lincoln's lifetime involvement with slavery and the most insightful assessment of Lincoln's - and indeed America's - imperative to move toward freedom lest it be lost. An essential work for all Americans." - Library Journal
"Look elsewhere for an understanding of the president as person, but linger here for an indispensable analysis of Lincoln navigating through the treacherous political currents of his times." - Kirkus Reviews
"The Fiery Trial does well what has already been done before 'but ne'er so well expressed.'" - The Washington Post
"More cogently than any previous historian, Foner examines the political events that shaped Lincoln and ultimately brought out his true greatness." - The New York Times
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