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The Lincoln Enigma: The Changing Faces of an American Icon

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Overview

In The Lincoln Enigma, Gabor Boritt invites renowned Lincoln scholars, and rising new voices, to take a look at much-debated aspects of Lincoln's life—including his possible gay relationships, his plan to send blacks back to Africa, and his high-handed treatment of the Constitution. Boritt explores Lincoln's proposals that looked to a lily-white America. Jean Baker marvels at Lincoln's loves and marriage. David Herbert Donald compares Lincoln and Jefferson Davis as Commanders-in-Chief. Douglas Wilson shows us the young Lincoln—not the strong leader of popular history, but a man who struggles to find his purpose. Gerald Prokopowicz searches for the military leader, William C. Harris for the peacemaker, and Robert Bruce meditates on Lincoln and death. In a final section Boritt and Harold Holzer offer a fascinating portfolio of Lincoln images in modern art. Acute and thought-provoking in their observations, this all-star cast of historians—including two Pulitzer and three Lincoln Prize winners—questions our assumptions of Lincoln, and provides a new vitality to our ongoing reflections on his life and legacy.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Contributes richly to Lincoln studies."—London Times Literary Supplement

"Grounded on new archival treasures and state-of-the-art research, edited by the great Lincoln historian Gabor Boritt, The Lincoln Enigma is a rich, absorbing and sometimes startling book, rendered by some of the most distinguished scholars in the Lincoln world."—-Michael Beschloss, PBS and NBC commentator, author of The American

"A provocative, thoughtful consideration of...this astonishingly interesting man."—The Washington Post Book World

"Remarkable..."—The Washington Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195156263
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 603,698
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Gabor S. Boritt is Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. His books include Why the Civil War Came and The Gettysburg Nobody Knows.

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