"Lincoln's Men is the first narrative protrait of the men who served as Lincoln's secretaries during the Civil War: Nicolay, Hay, and Stoddard. Each of the three had his influence upon Lincoln, and Lincoln had an enorimous impact upon them. Daniel Mark Epstein captures the drama in each life: we see Nicolay, balancing his obligations to Lincoln with a long-distant engagement to his childhood sweetheart; Hay, the poet/amanuensis, in love with the famous and married actress; Stoddard, obsessed with gampling in the gold market. All three embraced the president as teacher, employer, and friend." "The secretaries left significant diaries, letters, and memoirs about Lincoln. Nicolay and Haw wrote the classic "authorized" biography of Lincoln, published in 1890 in ten volumes, and went on to distinguished careers in the foreign service after the war. An intimate and moving portrait of the Civil War White House, Lincoln's Men is essential reading for fans of American history."--BOOK JACKET.