Lincoln’s Quest For Union

By Chuck Strozier

Lincoln’s Quest for Union

Lincoln’s Quest for Union gives a probing account of Lincoln’s inner life–from his childhood in Kentucky and Indiana, through his youth and adulthood in Illinois, amid years of struggle finding himself, through his ascent to the presidency when he guided the nation and articulated for the country the meaning of the Civil War.

What the Critics Say

“Surpassingly eloquent.”  The New York Times.


“This is a remarkable book with extraordinary insights about the inner life of Abraham Lincoln.  It will be read and studied for years to come, for Charles Strozier brings to every chapter the very qualities that Lincoln himself possessed—empathy, wisdom, balance, and creativity.”

                                                            Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals


When Lincoln’s Quest for Union was first published, it was immediately recognized as a the best-informed and most perceptive analysis of Lincoln’s inner life.  This new edition, extensively revised and expanded, is even more rewarding.   This is a basic book in the Lincoln canon—a work of great intelligence, written with sensitivity and literary grace.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

                                                            David Herbert Donald, author of Lincoln

In this new edition Strozier incorporates recnet scholarship, fortifies, his arguments, answers his critics, and offeres a compelling pyschological protrait of our most admired enigmatic president.

Cullom Davis, University of Illinois at Springfield


Eighteen years after it first appearred, Lincoln’s Quest for Union still does what only the very books about Linoln do: It makes us think afresh about how so great a man could have grown from such meager beginnings.

From the Foreward by Geoffrey C. Ward

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