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A captivating look at how Abraham Lincoln evolved into one of our seminal foreign-policy presidents—and helped point the way to America’s rise to world power. This is the story of one of the most breathtaking feats in the annals of American foreign policy—performed by one of the most unlikely figures. Abraham Lincoln is not often remembered as a great foreign-policy president. He had never traveled overseas and spoke no foreign languages. And yet, during the Civil War, Lincoln and his team skillfully managed to stare down the Continent’s great powers—deftly avoiding European intervention on the side of the Confederacy. In the process, the United States emerged as a world power in its own right.   Engaging, insightful, and highly original, Lincoln in the World is a tale set at the intersection of personal character and national power.



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Kevin Peraino

KEVIN PERAINO is a veteran foreign correspondent who has reported from around the world. A senior writer and bureau chief at Newsweek for a decade, he was a finalist for the Livingston Award for foreign-affairs reporting and was part of a team that won the National Magazine Award in 2004. His first book, Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power, was named one of the Daily Beast's best books on President Lincoln, and Foreign Affairs magazine called it "an important step toward a richer and more useful understanding of the American past." His second book, A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949, will be released in September 2017. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and Politico Magazine. A graduate of Northwestern University, a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a visiting scholar in the international relations department at New York University, he lives in Connecticut with his wife and children. Follow him on Twitter @KevinPeraino. (Photo: Gasper Tringale.)



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