On page 340 of my Seward book, I assert that the famous “carriage ride conversation,” in which Lincoln first raised with Seward and Welles an emancipation proclamation, did not occur.  Yes, there was a carriage ride, to a funeral of Stanton’s infant child, but no, there was no discussion of emancipation.  Among other reasons I…

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As I believe I have reported before, I have now signed an agreement with Simon & Schuster to write a biography of Edwin McMasters Stanton.  More than that:  I am working away on the book, almost daily, gathering materials, taking notes, thinking about what I am going to say about particular periods in his life.…

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As regular readers of this blog, if any, know, I review books for the Washington Independent Review of Books. The other day I sent the editors a note, suggesting that someone should do a “book list” of books on Margaret Thatcher. They sent back a note saying that it was a great idea, and that…

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