Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Book - 2003
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This self-made man from a log cabin-the great orator, the Emancipator, the savior of the Union, the martyr-was arguably our greatest president; but it takes a master storyteller like Thomas Keneally, author of the award-winning novel that inspired the film Schindler's List, to bring alive the history behind the myth. Acclaimed for his recent Civil War biography, American Scoundrel, Keneally delves with relish-and a keen, fresh eye-into Lincoln's complicated persona. Abraham Lincolndepicts all the amazing man's triumphs, insecurities, and crushing defeats with uncanny insight: his early poverty and the ambition that propelled him out of it; the shaping of the man and his political philosophy by youthful exposure to Christianity, slavery, and business; his tempestuous marriage and his fatherly love. We see him, elected to the presidency by a twist of fate, unswerving in the grim day-to-day conduct of the war as his vision and acumen led the country forward. Abraham Lincolnis an incisive study of a turning point in our history and a revealing portrait of its pivotal figure, his greatness etched even more clearly in this very touching human story.
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2003
ISBN: 9780670031757
0670031755
Characteristics: 183 p. --

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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Jan 08, 2018

An interesting, but very simple and straightforward telling of Lincoln's life. Having never studied Lincoln's time as president before, I feel this was a good entry point, but there was nothing overly illuminating or shocking. It essentially confirmed my view that Lincoln and his wife Mary were strange and almost disturbed people, who just so happened to be exactly what the union needed during the Civil War. I feel as though the author dealt as honestly and evenhandedly with the material as possible, but being that the book is so short, it is difficult to go very deep into this president's life. For what it was, a brief overview and introduction to Abraham Lincoln, this book served its purpose very well, meanwhile also giving a good overview of the Civil War within the context of Lincoln's presidency.

Fun fact, "sideburns" are named after on of Lincoln's Civil War generals, Gen. Ambrose Burnside.

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