Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power

Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power

by Richard J. Carwardine, Dick Hill (Read by)
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Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard J. Carwardine, Dick Hill

As a defender of national unity, a leader in war, and the emancipator of slaves, Abraham Lincoln lays ample claim to being the greatest of our presidents. But the story of his rise to greatness is as complex as it is compelling.

In this superb, prize-winning biography, acclaimed historian Richard Carwardine examines Lincoln’s dramatic political journey, from his early years in the Illinois legislature to his nation-shaping years in the White House. Here, Carwardine combines a new perspective with a compelling narrative to deliver a fresh look at one of the pillars of American politics. He probes the sources of Lincoln’s moral and political philosophy and uses his groundbreaking research to cut through the myth and expose the man behind it.

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ISBN-13: 9780786171491
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Richard Carwardine, the Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University, is the first British scholar to be awarded the Lincoln Prize, the largest award in the United States for nineteeth-century American history. His previous work includes Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America. He lives in Oxford.

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Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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In my opinion, this book is poorly written and the narration has such changes in volume that it is hard to follow. Overall, I would rate this very Poor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very boring and unreadable. After forcing myself through 160 pages, I had to put it away. For a biography, there seemed to be more information about everything else during the time period than Lincoln himself.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Though there is a powerful glance at Lincoln¿s Illinois legislative days, this is an incredible insightful look at Lincoln during the election of 1860 and his subsequent years in the White House. The deep discerning background into the various splinter groups competing in 1860 is fully laid out so that the reader understands how divided the nation truly was not just a simple north-south split over slavery. The relatively new Republican Party for instance became the host of an open tent philosophy with many varying opinions. Interestingly, Lincoln was a strong advocate of moralistic (much of that religious in nature) constitutional conservatism, which cut across the vast spectrum of key groups that made up his political party. Also intriguing is the evolution of Lincoln on the slavery issue. Richard Carwardine provides an excellent biography of the White House years of a man considered by most historians as the best or second best president of the United States while leaving a lingering feeling today that we are all Americans who get ahead through merit and are not specific state citizens. This is biography at its best. --- Harriet Klausner