The Lincoln No One Knows

The Lincoln No One Knows

by Webb B. Garrison
     
 

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In his preface, Webb Garrison confesses that he spent years trying "to assimilate tens of thousands of pages -- both as Lincoln wrote them [in the preserved manuscripts] and as editors have translated his words into printed pages...[But] I now find this most forceful of all chief executives to be much more mysterious than he seemed at the beginning of my lengthy quest…  See more details below

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In his preface, Webb Garrison confesses that he spent years trying "to assimilate tens of thousands of pages -- both as Lincoln wrote them [in the preserved manuscripts] and as editors have translated his words into printed pages...[But] I now find this most forceful of all chief executives to be much more mysterious than he seemed at the beginning of my lengthy quest."

Garrison need feel no shame in finding Lincoln a mystery. In an era when the public allowed the president's private life to remain private, Lincoln worked especially hard to maintain an even greater level of mysteriousness -- and succeeded.

Most of Lincoln's few intimate friends considered him a puzzle. His longtime law partner, William Herndon, called him "the most secretive -- reticent -- man that ever existed." David Davis, who managed Lincoln's 1860 campaign and was later named a Supreme Court Justice by him, described him with the exact same words: "secretive" and "reticent." In The Lincoln No One Knows, Garrison explores the life of our enigmatic sixteenth president, from his uncertain birth to his untimely death, concentrating on the Civil War years. He invites you to consider the evidence -- including the conflicting opinions of Lincoln's friends and enemies, the theories of historians and biographers both professional and amateur, and Lincoln's own words in public statements and private correspondence -- then draw your own conclusions. Though many things about Abraham Lincoln may remain mysterious, by the end of this book you will have learned much about him, and thought for the first time about even more.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567315349
Publisher:
MJF Books
Publication date:
06/06/2002
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.98(d)

Meet the Author

Webb Garrison, formerly associate dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College,wrote more than 55 books, including Civil War Curiosities and Civil War Triviaand Fact Book. Before his deathin 2000, Garrison lived in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.

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