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The first biography of General Hancock since Glenn Tucker's Hancock the Superb (1960). Jordan, a Pennsylvania lawyer, has provided a fuller, more balanced, and better researched account of this curiously neglected figure than previously available. Jordan's traditional, well-written study separates Hancock's life into two almost equal parts with 1865 as the dividing line, thereby giving ample attention to his postwar political aspirations as well as to his more famous military career. Hancock's reputation as one of the finest Union commanders survives unscathed, while his unsuccessful pursuit of the presidency between 1868 and 1880 is clearly presented. The lack of Hancock's letters to his wife (which she may have destroyed) possibly explains the absence of any real sense of the intimate side of his life. The military and public figure, however, is sharply etched. Jordan's judgment is that although "not a man of great and daring immagination," Hancock was notable for his military skills, reliability, and integrity. Extensive endnotes, bibliography, maps, illustrations, index. Appropriate for most libraries, and essential for Civil War collections. -E. P. Muller, emeritus, Bates College
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