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Abraham Lincoln

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    Best Concise Biography

    This can serve as a primer in Lincoln and Civil War history. In a concise, easy to read and suspenseful tale one learns how Lincoln, coming from the most common of backgrounds, lifted himself up in the best of entrepreneurial spirit, and by a fluke of events was catapulted from country lawyer and orator, a one-term Congressman who just a year earlier had lost an attempt to become Senator from Illinois, to become President of the United States of America. His inauguration took place as the Southern States had already formed a Confederacy, the Union was falling apart, and Washington,D.C. was at threat to be overrun by Rebel forces. The course of the great Civil War is retold with Lincoln's input to his field generals well documented and retold. One learns of the great turning point battles of this bloody and painful contest. Lincoln's relationships to his family and colleagues are insightful to the character and make-up of this both humble and brave leader. The modern economy of greenbacks and taxes was born, too, and documented herein. In such a small book the scope of its tale is quite surprising. Of course the end is abrupt. On the heels of his winning a 2nd term and of Lee's surrender of the Army of Virginia, Lincoln is gunned down at the Ford Theater. The book aptly ends with a quote from his Cabinet member Stanton: 'Now he belongs to the ages'. And the author Keneally adds:¿ he had become the bloodied nation incarnate'. A thorough 7 page list of Sources appears to be a treasure trove of relevant works and Keneally's recent 'American Scoundrel: The Life of the Nation's Civil War General Don Sickles' is also an entertaining companion to this insightful, briskly read, biography of Abraham Lincoln.

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