Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Book - 2009
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Marking the two hundredth anniversary of Lincoln's birth, this marvelous short biography by a leading historian offers an illuminating portrait of one of the giants in the American story.Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson follows the son of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks from his early years in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, to his highly successful law career and his marriage to Mary Todd, to his one term in Congress. We witness the dramatic impact theKansan-Nebraska Act had on Lincoln, arousing him "as he had never been before," leading him to plunge back into politics as a leader of the Republican anti-slavery movement. In 1858, Lincoln ran for Senator in Illinois as a Republican, challenging Stephen A. Douglas (a long acquaintance and formerrival for the hand of Mary Todd) to a series of famous debates. Lincoln lost the election, but politically his star rose even higher, and he became a candidate for president in 1860, winning the presidency despite garnering less than 40% of the popular vote, and no votes at all in ten southernstates. McPherson describes Lincoln's masterful role as Commander in Chief during the Civil War, the writing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and his assassination by John Wilkes Booth. A final section discusses his lasting legacy and why he remains a quintessential American hero two hundred yearsafter his birth, while a bibliography and a list of online resources permit easy access to further scholarship.McPherson here provides an ideal short account of Lincoln--a compelling biography of a man of humble origins who preserved our nation during its greatest catastrophe and ended the scourge of slavery.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780195374520
Characteristics: xi, 79 p. : port. ; 21 cm


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Dec 31, 2019

I was dismayed when I picked up this hold and saw that it was 96 pages. McPherson has the best one-volume history of the Civil War (*The Battle Cry of Freedom*), and has several books of essays and other topics. So I expected a magisterial biography, not a listing of basic facts of Lincoln's life. You could almost think that McPherson could write this off the top of his head in a week or two. If you want a basic overview of Lincoln's life, a listing of facts that's more authoritative than a Wikipedia article, then this is the book for you. I read the first part, up to the Presidential election, and returned it, because I'd read the rest in much more detail and richness in his other books.


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Jul 24, 2013

A concise biography of one of the most revered presidents of our time. From his humble beginnings in Kentucky to his unfortunate demise during his second term at the white house, you can the most prudent facts and information. Do not let the small length of the book fool you, it is a great read and an excellent introduction to A. Lincoln.


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