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Lloyd Lewis, Sherman: Fighting Prophet, 1st Ed

Classic Sherman Bio of the 20th Century


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With Sherman: Fighting Prophet, Lloyd Lewis created the most important life of W.T. Sherman of his age, and a volume that must sit beside Carl Sandburg’s Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years / The War Years, as essential American biographies of the 20th Century.

Lewis, a journalist for The Chicago Daily News beginning in 1930, in fact worked alongside Sandburg in the newsroom, and wrote this volume while his colleague was writing The War Years. Together, they spent countless hours in deep discussion – and allegedly deep in cups – with legendary bookseller Ralph Newman at his book shop, Home of Books, precursor to Abraham Lincoln Book Shop. Lewis and Sandburg in fact inspired Newman to change his brand and create this book shop as we know it.

Lewis’ Sherman is deeply literary, enormously entertaining to read, and because of Lewis’ uncommon access to manuscript materials, uncommonly rich in its use of primary sources. A lasting biography that will always deserve recognition from new generations of historians.

Clipped dust jacket; lightly chipped with slight loss on back; slight chipping and minimal loss to title page and dedication page; usual toning; else very good.

Lewis, Lloyd. Sherman: Fighting Prophet. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1932. 1st edition, 690p., frontispiece, illustrations.

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Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8 × 5 in