Lincoln was born into the first generation of rapid change generated by the Industrial Revolution. The only president to receive a patent, he understood the technology of his time and used it to his advantage during the Civil War, in the process waging the first "modern war." Using a telegraph for fast communication, approved ironclad warships, launched surveillance balloons, was interested in rapid-fire guns, and using railroads for transport, Lincoln employed new advancements that created a vision for the benefits of progress and technology. 144 indexed pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
Thomas B. Allens expertise in military history and strategy is combined with Roger MacBride Allens knowledge of technology to reveal a lesser-known yet fascinating side of the 16th president of the United States. Their authoritative narrative reveals Lincoln as our nations first hands-on Commander-in-Chief, whose appreciation for the power of technology plays a critical role in the Norths Civil War victory over the less developed South.
Readers meet Lincoln as he exchanges vital telegraph messages with his generals in the field; we witness his inspection of new ship models at the Navy Yard; we view the president target-shooting with the designer of a new kind of rifle; and we follow Lincoln, the man of action, as he leads a daring raid to recapture Norfolk, VA.
The books historic sweep also sets Abraham Lincoln in the context of his military era: we learn about the Norths Anaconda Plan, the Souths counter strategies, and how the concept of total war replaced the old Napoleonic way of fighting. Readers will come away with a rich sense of a leader who lived through one of the most exciting ages of technological and social change in America. With archival photographs, artwork, and maps, Mr. Lincolns High-Tech War brings alive a time when the railroad brought soldiers and to and from the battlefields, when hot-air balloons were used for surveillance, and when ironclad warships revolutionized naval warfare.
The Allens detailed study demonstrates why Lincolns appreciation of the importance of technology, his understanding of the art of war, and his mastery of military strategy were key elements in the winning of the American Civil War.
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Thomas B. Allen has written several military history and espionage titles, including the highly acclaimed Remember Pearl Harbor and George Washington, Spymaster for National Geographic Children’s Books. He lives in Takoma Park, MD.
Roger MacBride Allen is the author of 17 science fiction novels. This is his first book for National Geographic Children’s Books and his first book for children.