Lincoln and McClellan: The Troubled Partnership between a President and His General
Author: John C. Waugh
Reviewed by Chicago Leadership Speaker – Conor Cunneen-IrishmanSpeaks
This is an interesting book about the relationship between two major and enigmatic characters of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln, often criticized and mocked when he came to office, but who grew into greatness, and George McClellan, initially perceived to be a great soldier but now seen as an arrogant failure and procrastinator whose procrastination (according to many) extended the civil war.
Author Waugh does not demonize McClellan. Indeed, he gives him high credit for being a brilliant engineer and organizer who whipped the Army of the Potomac into shape in 1861. Unfortunately, McClellan sculpted a fine fighting animal which rarely fought or dis-inclined to throw the first punch or indeed any punch! Despite this, McClellan had many supporters in the military and Washington circles. Helmuth Von Moltke, Chief of Staff of the Prussian army stated that firing McClellan was a mistake.
Ultimately though, Lincoln did not have a choice. McClellan’s level of insubordination for a President he deemed to be his inferior was extraordinary and it was extraordinary that he was allowed get away with it for so long. Some historians suggest that Lincoln’s ability to accept McClellan’s behavior was a sign of great leadership and ability to work with a team of rivals. I personally don’t buy that and believe that Lincoln showed weak leadership at that stage of his presidency. Just a few years ago, General Stanley McChrystal was sacked for but one tenth of what McClellan went on with.
Waugh is a good writer. This is not a long book, but it is interesting and enjoyable and a quick read.
Your Reviewer: Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks is a Chicago-based Leadership and Motivational Business Speaker who provides Substance with Humor to Improve People, Performance and Productivity. Conor is also in demand as a Professional Humorous Master of Ceremonies / Emcee
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