Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

A Penguin Life

Book - 2003
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Penguin Putnam
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 Lincoln depicts 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 Lincoln is 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.

Baker & Taylor
Offers insight into the life of the Civil War president to cover his early poverty and ambitions; the impact of religion, slavery, and business on his political views; the fateful twists of his election; and his grim day-to-day conduct of the war. 35,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Offers insight into the life of the Civil War president, including his early poverty and ambitions; the impact of religion, slavery, and business on his political views; his election; and his day-to-day conduct of the war.

Publisher: New York : Lipper/Viking, 2003
ISBN: 9780670031757
Branch Call Number: 973.7092 LIN
Characteristics: 183 p. --
Alternative Title: Abraham Lincoln


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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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