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Concise Lincoln Library Right Length, Right Price— Right for Course Adoption “an excellent series of compact books” —Tom Peet, author of Reading Lincoln See more titles and learn more about the Concise Lincoln Library at

“Ron J. Keller is a knowledgeable, insightful, and readable historian of Lincoln’s earliest political years in Illinois. Without hesitation, and with over forty-six years in the Lincoln world, I would suggest that Keller’s book is truly essential to the understanding of Lincoln’s well-documented growth in the 1850s.”—Daniel R. Weinberg, president, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. Cloth: 978-0-8093-3700-2 $24.95, 176 pages, 8 illus.

Winner, ISHS Best of Illinois History Award, 2019

“This sharp and rapid survey by one of the foremost scholars of American abolitionism provides an illuminating review of Lincoln’s on-again, off-again relationship with the persistent and demanding band of writers and activists who worked to end slavery and protect the rights of black Americans.”—Martin P. Johnson, H-Net

Winner, ISHS Best of Illinois History Award, 2019

“Impressively informative and exceptionally well organized and presented, Lincoln and the Natural Environment is a unique biographical study.”—James A. Cox, editor-in-chief, Midwest Book Review Cloth: 978-0-8093-3698-2 $24.95, 160pages, 10 illus.

The Black Heavens

Abraham Lincoln and Death Brian R. Dirck Cloth: 978-0-8093-3702-6 E-book: 978-0-8093-3703-3 $29.50, 240 pages, 6 × 9, 13 illus.

German Americans on the Middle Border From Antislavery to Reconciliation, 1830–1877

Cloth: 978-0-8093-3641-8 $24.95, 168 pages, 10 illus.

Zachary Stuart Garrison

Now Available in Paperback! Winner, Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Prize, 2018 Winner, ISHS Annual Award for a Scholarly Publication, 2018


“Reading this book is a reminder of how gifted historians stitch together the remnants of a lost past to deepen our understanding of the human condition. It is a little gem carved by the hand of a master.” —Graham Peck, Reviews in History

“For Lincoln enthusiasts and scholars of the nineteenth-century press, Borchard’s book restores Greeley to historical prominence while providing a colorful narrative of the contentious relationship between the president and the popular political media in this period.”—Matthew Isham, Civil War Monitor

Paper: 978-0-8093-3777-4 $16.95, 188 pages, 10 illus.

Paper: 978-0-8093-3046-1 $16.95, 168 pages, 10 illus.

Paper: 978-0-8093-3755-2 E-book: 978-0-8093-3756-9 $30, 240 pages, 6 × 9, 4 illus. Available December 2019

Mary Lincoln for the Ages Jason Emerson Paper: 978-0-8093-3675-3 E-book: 978-0-8093-3676-0 $29.50, 224 pages, 6 × 9, 15 illus.

The Vicksburg Assaults, May 19–22, 1863 Edited by Steven E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear Cloth: 978-0-8093-3719-4 E-book: 978-0-8093-3720-0 $29.50, 136 pages, 6 × 9, 11 illus. Civil War Campaigns in the West

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“A seminal work of outstanding scholarship.”—Micah Andrew, Midwest Book Review “In evocative prose, Brian R. Dirck analyzes Abraham Lincoln’s encounters with death to shed light on the man and his times. Readers will be grateful that this surprisingly neglected topic now has its first book-length treatment.”—Erik R. Seeman, author of Speaking with the Dead in Early America

“Zachary Stuart Garrison’s dynamically researched book offers a new starting point in the discussion of German American participation in the Civil War. Garrison depicts the range of German-speaking immigrants and settlers as very real people who negotiated their new surroundings by finding a middle ground between their high-minded ideology and the evolving reality of life on the border between North and South.”—Joseph M. Beilein Jr., author of Bushwhackers: Guerrilla Warfare, Manhood, and the Household in Civil War Missouri

“This extraordinarily helpful book will quickly become the go-to source for scholars and general writers researching Mary Lincoln. Emerson’s sure guide through the tangled thickets of shifting historiography will help all of us to write more informed works about Mary Lincoln. A superb reference work.”—Richard W. Etulain, author of Lincoln and Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era

“Certain to be an enduringly valued and appreciated contribution to the growing library of American Civil War histories, The Vicksburg Assaults, May 19–22, 1863 is an extraordinary and exceptionally well presented compendium of five erudite and informative studies. . . . [It is] a critically essential and core addition to the personal reading lists of Civil War buffs, as well as both community and academic American Civil War collections and supplemental studies curriculums.”—James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review

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