Abraham Lincoln: A Life

Abraham Lincoln: A Life

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by Thomas Keneally
     
 

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The ideal concise biography of an American icon— now available in paperback for the bicentennial of his birthThe self -mad e man from a log cabin, the great orator, the Emancipator, the Savior of the Union, the martyr—Lincoln’s story is at the very heart of American history. But who was he, really? In this outstanding biography, award-winning author…  See more details below

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The ideal concise biography of an American icon— now available in paperback for the bicentennial of his birthThe self -mad e man from a log cabin, the great orator, the Emancipator, the Savior of the Union, the martyr—Lincoln’s story is at the very heart of American history. But who was he, really? In this outstanding biography, award-winning author Thomas Keneally follows Lincoln from his impoverished birth through his education and presidency. From the development of his political philosophy to his troubled family life and his actions during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln is an incisive study of a turning point in our history and a revealing portrait of a pivotal figure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440650024
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/30/2002
Series:
Penguin Lives
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
507,862
File size:
189 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Keneally's excellent brief biography benefits from the compression and from the dramatic value of crisp wording and sharpness of detail."
-The New York Times Book Review

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Thomas Keneally has won international acclaim for his novels Schindler's Ark, Confederates, Gossip from the Forest, Playmaker, Woman of the Inner Sea, and A River Town. He is most recently the author of the biography American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles.

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Abraham Lincoln (Penguin Lives Series) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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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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