Books Stanton Lincoln's War Secretary by Walter Stahr Hardcover, 743 pages, Simon & Schuster, List Price: $35 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleStantonSubtitleLincoln's War SecretaryAuthorWalter Stahr Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Documents the story of Lincoln's controversial secretary of war, Edwin Stanton, detailing his role in raising the Union army, directing military movements, imposing penalties on Confederates, and organizing the search for assassin John Wilkes Booth. Genres: Nonfiction History & Society Biography & Memoir Also by Walter Stahr Seward Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Stanton NPR Books NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2017's Great Reads December 5, 2017 The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 350 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. Liam James Doyle/NPR Review Book Reviews New Biography Of Lincoln's Secretary Of War Reveals A Resilient Man, Haunted By Grief August 8, 2017 NPR's Ron Elving reviews a massive new tome on the life of Edwin Stanton, certainly one of the most contentious and controversial figures in Abraham Lincoln's cabinet of rivals.