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This turned out to be an excellent book to read after I read Chernow’s Grant. The last part of this book covers U. S. Grant’s presidency and his relationship to Cameron.
Simon Cameron (1799-1889) was one of the 19th century’s prominent political figures. He rose from poverty to the political boss of Pennsylvania. Before reading this book all I knew about Cameron was that he was a crooked politician. He was one of the best users of the 19th century spoils system. But he was loyal to the Union and Lincoln. Cameron was key in designing and implementing the Union’s military strategy during the Civil War. Cameron was a key politician of his day. He served as Senator from Pennsylvania, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Lincoln’s Secretary of War.
The book is well written and researched. Kahan reveals both the good and bad of Cameron’s political career. Kahan did a good job of staying neutral with his presentation of Cameron’s career. The author reveals the corruption of our early political system. Paul Kahan is a well-known historian. He received his Ph.D. in U.S. History from Temple University. I read his book “The Bank War: Andrew Jackson” and enjoyed it. Kahan is a lecturer at Ohlone College in Fremont, California.
The book is almost ten hours. Michael Kazalski does a good job narrating the book. Kazalski is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator.
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