Top 10

Publishers Weekly has designated my Seward book as one of its “top ten” history and military history books for the fall season.

In the short review on June 25, PW says that the book is a “fresh contribution to the Civil War-era bookshelf” which “brings out from Lincoln’s shadow the formidable William Seward, an antislavery governor and accomplished senator and secretary of state.”

This follows up on a longer review on May 21, in which PW said that the book was a “first-rate biography” and “no whitewash” of the secretary and his “shortcomings.”

I do not know enough about the publishing industry to know whether these reviews and lists will sell copies.  I hope so:  not because I am hoping to get rich from this book, but because I am hoping that through the book many people will get to know my friend Seward.