I must read too many books on the Lincoln Administration and all that surrounds Lincoln's life because NOTHING in this book surprised me and is very common knowledge. I read this book as prep for reading [b:Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker|15808287|Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker|Jennifer Chiaverini|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1350586527s/15808287.jpg|21532921]. There is chattering making its way around Goodreads that some readers feel that MLD was plagiarized from this book and I wanted to read this in prep for reviewing that book. However, if this book is what other readers are basing this off of...I have a list of numerous other books that can take that charge too.