In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proved himself a master of a new frontier—not on the battlefields ofthe Civil War, but in his “high-tech” command center, the War Department Telegraph Office. The telegraph was the “Internet”of the nineteenth century, and it gave Lincoln new powers to reshape leadership and wield personal control across distant battlefields. The results of Lincoln’s pioneering experiment in electronic leadership led to the rebirth of America on the fields of Gettysburg—both in the battle that turned the tide of the Civil War, and the few words that recast the American ideal as a national creed, the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln @ Gettysburg unfolds the greatest turning point in American history, the rebirth of a nation, and the dawn of the information age.
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