Abraham Lincoln: A Life

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Lincoln Prize, Civil War Institute at Gettysburg CollegeCowinner, Book Award, Abraham Lincoln InstituteRussell P. Strange Book Award, Illinois State Historical SocietyPROSE Award for Best Book in U.S. History and Biography/Autobiography, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division, Association of American PublishersNamed One of the 5 Best Books of 2009 by The AtlanticNamed One of the 10 Top Lincoln Books by Chicago Tribune

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Lincoln Prize, Civil War Institute at Gettysburg CollegeCowinner, Book Award, Abraham Lincoln InstituteRussell P. Strange Book Award, Illinois State Historical SocietyPROSE Award for Best Book in U.S. History and Biography/Autobiography, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division, Association of American PublishersNamed One of the 5 Best Books of 2009 by The AtlanticNamed One of the 10 Top Lincoln Books by Chicago Tribune

In the first multi-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln to be published in decades, Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame offers a fresh look at the life of one of America’s greatest presidents. Incorporating the field notes of earlier biographers, along with decades of research in multiple manuscript archives and long-neglected newspapers, this remarkable work will both alter and reinforce current understanding of America’s sixteenth president.

In volume 2, Burlingame examines Lincoln’s presidency and the trials of the Civil War. He supplies fascinating details on the crisis over Fort Sumter and the relentless office seekers who plagued Lincoln. He introduces readers to the president’s battles with hostile newspaper editors and his quarrels with incompetent field commanders. Burlingame also interprets Lincoln’s private life, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd, the untimely death of his son Willie to disease in 1862, and his recurrent anguish over the enormous human costs of the war.

"A magisterial enterprise."—William Safire, New York Times

"No review could do complete justice to the magnificent two-volume biography that has been so well-wrought by Michael Burlingame."—Christopher Hitchens, Atlantic Monthly

"The author knows more about Lincoln than any other living person."—James McPherson, New York Review of Books

"This book supplants [Carl] Sandburg and supersedes all other biographies. Future Lincoln books cannot be written without it, and from no other book can a general reader learn so much about Abraham Lincoln. It is the essential title for the bicentennial."—James L. Swanson, Publishers Weekly

"Burlingame is a towering figure in Lincoln scholarship, and students of the 16th president have been waiting for this book for years. For all his learning—Burlingame may know more about Lincoln and his era than anyone in the world—his take on his subject is fresh, and he doesn't gloss over Lincoln's less appealing attributes. Abraham Lincoln comes as close to being the definitive biography as anything the world has seen in decades."— Time

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

William Safire
…a magisterial enterprise…
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

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Reviewed by James L. Swanson

Between this fall and the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth in February 2009, publishers will overwhelm bookstores and readers alike with a flood of more than 60 titles on the ever-popular president. One can hardly keep track of them all: one certainly cannot read them all. Of the dozens of these books competing for attention, a few stand out, foremost among them this title.

The trend in Lincoln scholarship has been away from the magisterial narrative comprehensiveness of Carl Sandburg in favor of a narrow, deep dive resulting in the so-called "slice" book: thus entire volumes about one magnificent speech; a key incident; the deepest crisis; the most pivotal year; and so on. A number of these works have merit, but have failed to capture a wide, popular audience.

Abraham Lincoln: A Life is the antithesis of a thin slice from the Lincoln pie. In the sweeping style of Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals, Burlingame has produced the finest Lincoln biography in more than 60 years and one of the two or three best Lincoln books on any subject in a generation.

A distinguished scholar who probably knows more about Abraham Lincoln and his world than anyone else alive, Burlingame has devoted the last quarter century to editing 11 books on the Lincoln primary sources, including the writings of the president's secretaries John Hay, John Nicolay and William Stoddard. Now Burlingame has produced the most meticulously researched Lincoln biography ever written. He resurrected Lincoln's lost early journalism, when the young prairie politician-little more than an immature, unscrupuloushack-wrote more than 200 anonymous op-eds; Burlingame scoured thousands of 19th-century newspapers and discovered hitherto unknown stories; he read hundreds of oral histories, unpublished letters, and journals from Lincoln's contemporaries; and he re-examined the vast manuscript collections at the Library of Congress and National Archives. Burlingame's astonishing chapters covering Lincoln's hard early years and his difficult marriage, and his fresh insights on the profound crisis that made Lincoln great, are worth the price of the book.

Do not let the intimidating length or the formidable price deter you. The book need not be read in one sitting. Each part stands alone. Burlingame's Lincoln comes alive as the author unfolds vast amounts of new research while breathing new life into familiar stories. This is a critical, skeptical, loving but never fawning tribute to the man Burlingame praises for "achiev[ing] a level of psychological maturity unmatched in the history of American public life."

This book supplants Sandburg and supersedes all other biographies. Future Lincoln books cannot be written without it, and from no other book can a general reader learn so much about Abraham Lincoln. It is the essential title for the bicentennial. (Nov.)

James L. Swanson is the author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer. His next book is Chasing Lincoln's Killer (Scholastic, Feb. 2009).

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Atlantic - Mark Bowden
A monumental and meticulous two-volume study of the 16th president... should be required reading for anyone seriously interested in Lincoln.
Choice
The bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth has generated a plethora of Lincoln-related items, but none impresses more than this two-volume biography... Essential.
U.S. News & World Report - Diane Cole
A complete view of Lincoln's life... thorough.
New York Times - William Safire
A magisterial enterprise.
Gazette - Greg Rienzi
An exhaustive and stylishly written biography.
Grand Rapids Press - Anne Byle
The two-volume set is being heralded as the ultimate new biography of Lincoln, an essential work to be used by all future biographers of the 16th president.
Washington Times - James L. Swanson
The granddaddy of all the recent books [on Lincoln] is Michael Burlingame's Abraham Lincoln: A Life... monumental in size, depth and scholarship, this is the new standard biography of our time and surpasses all other life portraits of our 16th president, and is the most important book of the bicentennial.
Atlantic Monthly - Christopher Hitchens
No review could do complete justice to the magnificent two-volume biography that has been so well-wrought by Michael Burlingame.
New York Review of Books - James McPherson
The author knows more about Lincoln than any other living person.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Jane Henderson
This magisterial work tells a rich, thoroughly documented, birth-to-death story of America's greatest president. Its bulk is formidable, but it holds countless rewards for undaunted readers.
American Spectator - Andrew Ferguson
Burlingame very likely knows more about Lincoln than anyone who's ever lived, including Mary Todd, and his biography, 20 years in the writing, has a revelation on every page, dug out during the biographer's tireless research into musty libraries and forgotten attics that no one has ever thought to look in before. If there is anything knowable that you want to know about Lincoln, this is the place to find it.
American Spectator
Burlingame very likely knows more about Lincoln than anyone who's ever lived, including Mary Todd, and his biography, 20 years in the writing, has a revelation on every page, dug out during the biographer's tireless research into musty libraries and forgotten attics that no one has ever thought to look in before. If there is anything knowable that you want to know about Lincoln, this is the place to find it.

— Andrew Ferguson

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
These monumental volumes deserve a wide readership.
Choice

The bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth has generated a plethora of Lincoln-related items, but none impresses more than this two-volume biography... Essential.

Atlantic Monthly
No review could do complete justice to the magnificent two-volume biography that has been so well-wrought by Michael Burlingame.

— Christopher Hitchens

Washington Times
The granddaddy of all the recent books [on Lincoln] is Michael Burlingame's Abraham Lincoln: A Life... monumental in size, depth and scholarship, this is the new standard biography of our time and surpasses all other life portraits of our 16th president, and is the most important book of the bicentennial.

— James L. Swanson

Books and Culture: A Christian Review
Most thorough account of the development of Lincoln as a man and politician against the backdrop of America's struggle to mature as an idea and a nation... Not a Lincoln for our times, but the Lincoln of his times, and future biographers would do well to take note(s).
New York Review of Books
The author knows more about Lincoln than any other living person.

— James McPherson

Chicago Tribune
If you aspire to Ultimate Lincoln Knowledge this is a must-read.
New York Times
A magisterial enterprise.

— William Safire

Grand Rapids Press
The two-volume set is being heralded as the ultimate new biography of Lincoln, an essential work to be used by all future biographers of the 16th president.

— Anne Byle

Gazette
An exhaustive and stylishly written biography.

— Greg Rienzi

Time.com
Burlingame is a towering figure in Lincoln scholarship, and students of the 16th president have been waiting for this book for years. For all his learning—Burlingame may know more about Lincoln and his era than anyone in the world—his take on his subject is fresh, and he doesn't gloss over Lincoln's less appealing attributes. Abraham Lincoln comes as close to being the definitive biography as anything the world has seen in decades.
Bloomberg News
A monumental boxed effort that weighs in at 10 pounds... The result is a picture of Lincoln from all sides, in a style that is relentless but not daunting.
U.S. News & World Report
A complete view of Lincoln's life... thorough.

— Diane Cole

Books & Culture: A Christian Review
Most thorough account of the development of Lincoln as a man and politician against the backdrop of America's struggle to mature as an idea and a nation... Not a Lincoln for our times, but the Lincoln of his times, and future biographers would do well to take note(s).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421410586
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2013
  • Pages: 1048
  • Sales rank: 314,455
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Burlingame is Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield. He is the author or editor of several books about Lincoln, including Lincoln Observed: Civil War Dispatches of Noah Brooks, published by Johns Hopkins, and The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    This is the greatest comprehensive work on Abraham Lincoln ever

    This is the greatest comprehensive work on Abraham Lincoln ever researched and written.  Michael Burlingame brings accurate understanding to many important subjects about Lincoln, or within Lincoln’s life, where previous biographers had drawn incorrect conclusions.




    Michael Burlingame has uncovered a large volume of new material about Lincoln, obviously over many years of research.  He also identifies and analyzes numerous primary source materials that have been overlooked by previous scholars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    This is by far the best biography of Lincoln.

    This is by far the best biography of Lincoln.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Burlingame is most knowledgeable authority on Abraham Lincoln

    This work, in two volumes, shows that Michael Burlingame is, as has been alleged, the most knowledgeable person alive today about Abraham Lincoln. While there are facets of his life not included in his biography, he hits the important. If you don't know Abraham Lincoln after reading this two volume work, you never will.

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