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Lincoln's Struggle For A United Front

Oct 30, 2012

In 1862, Abraham Lincoln glued together pieces of a fractured nation to support his cause against all odds. But how did he do it?

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we’ll talk with author and Kansas City resident David Von Drehle his new book, Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year, on Lincoln’s struggle to find the best military leaders, revive a sagging economy and keep his head above water as the bloodiest war the nation had ever seen grew bigger.

We’ll also discuss how Lincoln’s strategies and results apply to today’s political climate and the upcoming election.

HEAR MORE: David Von Drehle will speak Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Charles Fillmore Chapel, 707 W 47th Street. Click here for ticket information.

David Von Drehle, an editor-at-large at TIME since 2007, covers national stories and politics, and has also covered the presidential campaigns on the campaign trail. Previously, Von Drehle was a senior writer for the Washington Post, having served as the paper’s assistant managing editor, national political writer, magazine staff writer and New York bureau chief. During his career at the Post he wrote about subjects as varied as Donald Rumsfeld and Willie Nelson, and covered Congress, Bill Clinton’s impeachment and the 2000 Florida recount.

He is the author of Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year and three other books, including Triangle: The Fire That Changed America. His work has also appeared in Deadlock: The Inside Story of America’s Closest Election.

Von Drehle received a B.A. from the University of Denver and a Master of Letters degree from Oxford. He lives in Kansas City, Mo., with his wife, journalist Karen Ball, and their four children.