Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

by James M. McPherson


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Abraham Lincoln by James M. McPherson

Marking the two-hundredth anniversary of Lincoln's birth, this marvelous short biography by a leading historian offers an illuminating portrait of one of the giants in the American story. It is the best concise introduction to Lincoln in print, a must-have volume for anyone interested in American history or in our greatest president.

Best-selling author James M. McPherson follows the son of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks from his early years in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, to his highly successful law career, his marriage to Mary Todd, and his one term in Congress. We witness his leadership of the Republican anti-slavery movement, his famous debates with Stephen A. Douglas (a long acquaintance and former rival for the hand of Mary Todd), and his emergence as a candidate for president in 1860. Following Lincoln's election to the presidency, McPherson describes his masterful role as Commander in Chief during the Civil War, the writing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and his assassination by John Wilkes Booth. The book also discusses his lasting legacy and why he remains a quintessential American hero two hundred years after his birth, while an annotated bibliography permits easy access to further scholarship.

With his ideal short account of Lincoln, McPherson provides a compelling biography of a man of humble origins who preserved our nation during its greatest catastrophe and ended the scourge of slavery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195374520
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 117,431
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. He has published numerous volumes on the Civil War, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom, Crossroads of Freedom (which was a New York Times bestseller), Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, which won the Lincoln Prize.


Princeton, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

October 11, 1936

Place of Birth:

Valley City, North Dakota


B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) 1958; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1963

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Abraham Lincoln 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
curiousMO More than 1 year ago
Good book for a short but sweet life of Lincoln. Touched on major points of this life. I would like to read some of the other books Mr. McPherson recommended at the back of this book.
Wilfong More than 1 year ago
A no frills biography of Lincoln. I'm starting to read several books about the civil war. My knowledge of Lincoln is limited and I wanted to get up to speed with out having to read several hundred pages. This was a quick read and gave me the information I was looking for birth to death. I would recommend this to a friend.
Lucilletln More than 1 year ago
Bought this book as a gift for a birthday gift. As she was interested in starting to read about Lincoln. Great first bio of our 16th president as all the information is there in a very short form thus not overwhelming the first time Lincoln reader. Prof. McPherson's research is impeccable and even in this much written about subject he found a way to keep it interesting and flowing in an extremely concise way. Enjoyed the book very much and made great gift.
history-buff More than 1 year ago
With the flood of Lincoln books on the market with the bicentennial, it is easy to get swept up in the majesty of long, hefty tomes of our 16th president. Yet James McPherson's ABRAHAM LINCOLN delivers all the inspiration, balanced facts, and extraordinary parts of Abraham Lincoln's life, from Kentucky to Springfield to Washington.

The slim volume is a bit discouraging on the face, for how could one possibly squeeze all the vibrant facts, paradoxes, and trials of our greatest president's life into sixty-seven pages. But Mr. McPherson brilliantly navigates Lincoln's life, providing sobering, interesting, and moving bits and pieces of this man's life.

Though McPherson rehashes all the interesting tid-bits of Lincoln's adolescent years, the author shines with the descriptions of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the intricacies of the election of 1860, the long days of the civil war, and Lincoln's personal views on slavery and race.

Though I am a great admirer of Donald's LINCOLN and White's A. LINCOLN, it would do all Americans good (history buffs and casual readers alike) to digest Lincoln's life in a highly readable, enthralling, and engaging narrative. Sometimes, in our exhaustive efforts to understand this elusive man, we become bogged down in petty details and minor historical quibbles. McPherson brings Lincoln back to where he belongs- accessible to all readers, understood both for his triumphs and his faults, and an inspiration for modern-day executives and citizens alike.
Mahdi1ray More than 1 year ago
This is a well written and well researched biography. It holds the reader's attention in a compelling manner. Easy to read. A must for historians and political scientists. Of general interest to the public
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romantic-cowboy More than 1 year ago
MacPherson shows why he ia recognized as one of our leading historians. This is an excellent short bio of Abraham Lincoln.
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