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The Most Important Election

May 2024
1min read

All elections are exciting at the time, but a year or two after most of them, the voters begin to wonder what the fuss was about. In 1860, though, the stakes were so high that the presidential race still retains all its drama. Peter Andrews gives a fast-paced, intimate account of how, against all the odds, we got Lincoln.

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