Wednesday, November 7, 2012


David von Drehle, author of Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year will be speaking at 7 pm on Thursday, November 8, at the Wichita/Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main in Wichita. The event is sponsored by Watermark Books and Cafe.

As 1862 dawned, the American republic was at death's door. The federal government appeared overwhelmed, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Union’s top general was gravely ill. The Confederacy—with its booming economy, expert military leadership, and commanding position on the battlefield—had a clear view to victory. To a remarkable extent, the survival of the country depended on the judgment, cunning, and resilience of the unschooled frontier lawyer who had recently been elected president.

von Drehle is the author of Triangle, a history of the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire. See for more information about this event.

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