Lincoln

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Lincoln

By David Herbert Donald

Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780684825359, 720pp.

Publication Date: November 5, 1996

Description
A masterful work by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Herbert Donald, Lincoln is a stunning portrait of Abraham Lincoln's life and presidency.
Donald brilliantly depicts Lincoln's gradual ascent from humble beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever-expanding political circles in Illinois, and finally to the presidency of a country divided by civil war. Donald goes beyond biography, illuminating the gradual development of Lincoln's character, chronicling his tremendous capacity for evolution and growth, thus illustrating what made it possible for a man so inexperienced and so unprepared for the presidency to become a great moral leader. In the most troubled of times, here was a man who led the country out of slavery and preserved a shattered Union in short, one of the greatest presidents this country has ever seen.


Praise For Lincoln

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. "A grand work--the Lincoln biography for this generation."



Harold Holzer Chicago Tribune "Lincoln immediately takes its place among the best of the genre, and it is unlikely that it will be surpassed in elegance, incisiveness and originality in this century. . . . A book of investigative tenacity, interpretive boldness and almost acrobatic balance."



James M. McPherson The Atlantic Monthly "Eagerly awaited, Lincoln fulfills expectations. Donald writes with lucidity and elegance."



David W. Blight Los Angeles Times "A one-volume study of Lincoln's life that will augment and replace the previous modern standards by Benjamin Thomas (1953) and Stephen Oates (1977). Donald's Lincoln is a scholarly achievement."



NPR
Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012

Politicians love to invoke Honest Abe Lincoln, often while twisting his legacy to fit their own purposes. But who was the man, really? Steve Inskeep talks to three Lincoln historians � Andy Ferguson, of the Weekly Standard, and Doris Kearns Goodwin and Eric Foner � about the books they think best capture the former president's character. (This piece initially aired April 10, 2012 on Morning Edition.) More at NPR.org

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NPR
Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012

Politicians love to invoke Honest Abe, often while twisting his legacy to fit their own purposes. But who was the man, really? Three Lincoln historians discuss the books they think best capture the president's character. More at NPR.org

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