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Dirck (history & political science, Anderson Univ., Indiana; Lincoln and Davis: Imagining America, 1809–1865) takes full advantage of the published Lincoln Legal Papers Project to produce this necessary and proper addition to Lincoln collections. Focusing on Lincoln's preparation for a career in law and his subsequent law practice, Dirck argues persuasively that Lincoln possessed an attorney's heart (which he intends as a compliment) and that to grapple effectively with Lincoln and his meaning to the American experiment, one must examine what the practice of law did for and to Lincoln. Scrutinizing Lincoln's legal studies, his various legal partnerships, his career in Springfield, and especially the "riding circuit" with other attorneys, Dirck concludes that Lincoln's legal career equipped him with skills and insights appropriate for a successful political career: an ability to assess human nature, seek alliances, forge compromises, and, essentially, create communities that enable democracy to function. A mixture of legal history, legal studies, and political theory, this book abounds with insightful analysis in spite of its relative brevity, especially notable for such an extraordinarily complex individual as Lincoln. Highly recommended for all libraries.
—Stephen K. Shaw