By Richard Ollard
He proclaimed himself a genius and raged opposed to the slightest feedback from fellow students; he was once a Marxist who despised the 'Idiot People'; he might be beneficiant and affectionate but hurled insults at his associates; he inveighed opposed to Puritanism yet used to be himself in lots of methods a Puritan: A. L. Rowse was once a guy of many contradictions.
during this clear-sighted and soaking up biography, Richard Ollard examines the numerous facets of Rowse's Protean character to bare a guy who, no matter what he was once responding to - public affairs, the humanities, usual attractiveness or occasions in his own existence - did so with large strength and passion.
'An urbane examine of the prestigious historian.' Antonia Fraser, Daily Mail
'Strikes an ideal stability among the Jekyll Rowse and the Hyde Rowse.' Bevis Hillier, Spectator
'Excellent.' Katherine Duncan-Jones, TLS
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Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and George H. Thomas eventually outmatched their Confederate opponents. But many people perceived the eastern theater to be the critical arena. Much of the northern and southern public, important politicians on both sides, and foreign observers looked to the well-traveled one-hundred-mile strip of disputed land between Wash- The Best Possible Outcome One Could Hope For * 23 ington and Richmond for signs of victory. The opposing capitals were there, the most famous armies were there—the war must be decided there.
The farther north Lee went, thought Lincoln, the more tenuous his position. Unaffected by the hysteria that gripped much of the North following news of the Confederate invasion, Lincoln concentrated on offensive operations. "22 Lincoln's hopes were not fanciful. The autumn of 1862 was the only time in the war that one major army in the East had an opportunity to destroy another major army. Many generals loved to talk about fashioning Cannae-type victories, but McClellan actually had such an opportunity in mid-September 1862 when Lee's badly outnumbered army stood backed against the Potomac at Sharpsburg.
Unless Federal armies produced victories in the autumn campaigning, the Republicans stood to suffer in November's off-year elections. Apart from their long-standing differences with the Republicans over economic issues, Democrats argued that draconian measures such as Lincoln's selective suspension of the writ of habeas corpus mocked individual rights. They resented the Militia Act of July 17, 1862, which gave the president broad powers to coerce service in Federal militia units. They blanched when Lincoln, facing a severe shortage of men, issued a call for three hundred thousand nine-month militiamen in the first week of August, and the War Department sent instructions on enrollment and draft procedures to the states.
A Man Of Contradictions: A Life Of A. L. Rowse by Richard Ollard