Lincoln: A President for the Ages

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The First American. Frontiersman and backwoods attorney. Teller of bawdy tales and a spellbinding orator. A champion of liberty some called a would-be tyrant. Savior of the Union and the Great Emancipator. All these are Abraham Lincoln—in his time America’s most admired and reviled leader, and still our nation’s most enigmatic and captivating hero.

Timed to complement the new motion picture Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg, Lincoln: A President for the Ages introduces a ...

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Overview


The First American. Frontiersman and backwoods attorney. Teller of bawdy tales and a spellbinding orator. A champion of liberty some called a would-be tyrant. Savior of the Union and the Great Emancipator. All these are Abraham Lincoln—in his time America’s most admired and reviled leader, and still our nation’s most enigmatic and captivating hero.

Timed to complement the new motion picture Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg, Lincoln: A President for the Ages introduces a new Lincoln grappling with some of history’s greatest challenges. Would Lincoln have dropped the bomb on Hiroshima? How would he conduct the War on Terror? Would he favor women’s suffrage or gay rights? Would today’s Lincoln be a star on Facebook and Twitter? Would he embrace the religious right—or denounce it?

The answers come from an all-star array of historians and scholars, including Jean Baker, Richard Carwardine, Dan Farber, Andrew Ferguson, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Allen C. Guelzo, Harold Holzer, James Malanowski, James Tackach, Frank J. Williams, and Douglas L. Wilson. Lincoln also features actor/activist Gloria Reuben describing how she played Elizabeth Keckley, the former-slave-turned-confidante of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln; and a selection of speeches and letters that explore little-known sides of Lincoln; “The Faces of Lincoln,” exploring his complex contemporary legacy.

Whether you’re a lifetime admirer of Lincoln or newly intrigued by his story, Lincoln: A President for the Ages offers a fascinating glimpse of his many-sided legacy.

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Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner, author of the screenplay for "Lincoln"
"I was delighted to read this collection of essays by people who have grappled with Lincoln and who’ve come to know him, each on her or his terms, and on Lincoln’s terms as well. Here are Lincolns that you’ll embrace, Lincolns you won’t recognize, Lincolns you'll be skeptical of or maybe angered by, and Lincolns who’ll add richness and depth to the Lincoln you already know."

Wall Street Journal
"The companion book to the coming film, Lincoln: A President for the Ages, asks great historians "What would Lincoln do?" in situations from Hiroshima to The Daily Show With Jon Stewart."

Huntington News
“In fact, it's an excellent one-volume introduction to Lincoln's political career.”

Civil War News
“Written by some of the country’s leading Lincoln scholars, these essays update our understanding of the 16th president as the Civil War community eagerly absorbs Spielberg’s new film.”

History Wire
“Essays from leading writers and scholars that offer fresh insights into the complex legacy of America's most fascinating icon.Whether you've yet seen Steven Spielberg's new film Lincoln or not, your experience will be enhanced by reading this Participant Guide.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610392631
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,397,860
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

About this Book Karl Weber vii

1 The Faces of Lincoln Karl Weber 1

Lincoln's Words 17

2 Elizabeth Keckley: Bringing an Extraordinary Woman to the Screen Gloria Reuben 25

Lincoln's Words 37

3 "A Sacred Effort": Lincoln's Unfinished Journey from Slavery to Freedom Henry Louis Gates 39

Lincoln's Words 61

4 "By No Means Excluding Females": Abraham lincoln and Women's Suffrage Jean Baker 65

Lincoln's Words 80

5 Lincoln, FDR, and the Growth of Federal Power Daniel Farber 83

Lincoln's Words 97

6 "That This Mighty Scourge of War May Speedily Pass Away": Lincoln and the Hiroshima Decision James Tackach 101

Lincoln's Words 120

7 At the End of Two Wars: 1865 and 1945, Lincoln and Roosevelt Allen C. Guelzo 123

Lincoln's Words 140

8 Abraham Lincoln: The President as Outlaw James Malanowski 147

Lincoln's Words 162

9 President Abraham Lincoln Confronts the War on Terror Frank J. Williams 165

Lincoln's Words 177

10 "Public Opinion Is Everything": Lincoln the Communicator Douglas L. Wilson 183

Lincoln's Words 196

11 "The Almighty Has His Own Purposes": Abraham Lincoln and the Christian Right Richard Carwardine 199

Lincoln's Words 215

12 The Real Lincoln Is the Icon: An Interview with Andrew Ferguson 217

Lincoln's Words 233

13 Lincoln-The Unlikely Celebrity Harold Holzer 237

Acknowledgments 253

Notes 255

Index 265

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

    Enjoyable History

    I did not purchase this book from Barnes and Noble, I received this book from a goodread giveaway. However I wanted to post my review of this book and mention how enjoyable it was to read this book, its not just a plain point blank history story, you will not get bored with reading this one at all. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in stories about Lincoln.

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