A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. I, 1809 - 1849

A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. I, 1809 - 1849

by Sidney Blumenthal

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ISBN-13: 9781476777269
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Series: Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 391,097
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Sidney Blumenthal is the former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton. He has been a national staff reporter for The Washington Post, Washington editor and staff writer for The New Yorker, senior writer for The New Republic, and contributed to numerous additional publications. His books include the bestselling The Clinton Wars, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment, and The Permanent Campaign. Among his films, he was the executive producer of the Academy and Emmy Award–winning Taxi to the Dark Side.

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A Self-Made Man

  • Thomas Lincoln

  • Table of Contents

    Timeline of Major Events xiii

    Cast of Major Characters xv

    Prologue The Slave 1

    1 The Reader 21

    2 The Age of Reason 53

    3 The Slasher 73

    4 Paradise Lost 95

    5 Old Man Eloquent 131

    6 The Springfield Lyceum 155

    7 The Rivals 187

    8 The Romance 211

    9 The Prophet 235

    10 The Duelist 263

    11 Coup d'État 277

    12 Infidels 303

    13 Great Expectations 335

    14 Ranchero Spotty 347

    15 The Hayseed 393

    16 The Firm 405

    17 The Spoils 421

    18 A Hundred Keys 445

    Acknowledgments 459

    Notes 463

    Bibliography 511

    Illustration Credits 525

    Index 527

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    A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. I, 1809 - 1849 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Non-fiction is usually not my preferred genre. I find most of it dry and love to immerse myself in a world that carries me and my imagination away. That being said, I highly recommend reading this first installment of Sidney Blumenthal’s writings on Lincoln. I’ve heard the folklore surrounding Lincoln my entire life. How he was the hero of our country by pulling us out of the Civil War and how he put the American people above everything else. While this is true, folklore leaves out a lot of facts. We are told how the events of his younger years, molded him into the man he became. From his early childhood, he was desperate for education and higher learning. His stepmother encouraged him in this vein, and was a great influence on him. The deaths of loved ones, including his first love, drove him to the man he became. What I found most interesting in this volume, was the political machinations of the times preceding the Civil War. I found myself laughing thinking how the politicians of today have nothing on these guys. And, what was most interesting was to see how Lincoln used this volatile environment to propel himself to the top of the political arena. The amount of research that went into this writing is plainly shown in the amount of information presented by Blumenthal. I found this a very easy book to read, although it did take me longer than other genres as I tried to soak in all the information. If you are a lover of all things Lincoln, or would just like a window into our political past, I would recommend this book. I will definitely be purchasing the other planned volumes when they are published, and my dad will be getting this one for Father’s Day.
    NicholasNotabene More than 1 year ago
    This is just so much revisionist, self-serving junk from a power-worshipping, sycophantic enforcer for both Bill and Hillary Clinton. (The Obama administration barred Blumenthal from holding an official position because of his record as a vicious Clinton hack. Blumenthal also tried to sue reporter Matt Drudge, to make him reveal his confidential sources for a story; he hoped to destroy Drudge financially but ultimately wound up making an out-of-court settlement *to* Drudge instead.) The glowing reviews for this interminable, unselective, and regurgitative dreck came from Blumenthal's fellow "journalists," who expected him to be in the White House with Hillary Clinton come January of 2017. Blumenthal has no particular credentials, academic or otherwise, to write about Lincoln. Blumenthal is no historian. Blumenthal is no biographer. In fact, he's barely a writer, in terms of literary craft. What he is, however, is a relentless partisan hack who got into politics by sucking up to power as a "journalist" — and who then went on to perform "acrobatic feats of protectiveness" (in the words of the New York Times) for the Clintons, especially Hillary. Now that Hillary Clinton has lost her last election, however, expect the glowing praise from Sidney Blumenthal's fellow "journalists" to dim quickly. Like Hillary, Blumenthal is around 70 years old and well past his expiration date. The working journalists of the mass media don't have to do any literary logrolling for him any more. * * * * *
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Sidney Blumenthal is a pathological liar. Without honesty there can be no veracity in this account. Blumenthal has none.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    So deep and true !