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Nearly a century and a half after his death, Abraham Lincoln remains an intrinsic part of the American consciousness, yet his intentions as president and his personal character continue to stir debate.
Now, in The Lincoln Enigma, Gabor Boritt invites renowned Lincoln scholars, and rising new voices, to take a look at much-debated aspects of Lincoln's life, including his possible gay relationships, his plan to send blacks back to Africa, and his high-handed treatment of the Constitution. Boritt explores Lincoln's proposals that looked to a lily-white America. Jean Baker marvels at Lincoln's loves and marriage. David Herbert Donald highlights the similarities and differences of the Union and Confederate presidents' roles as commanders-in-chief. Douglas Wilson shows us the young Lincolnnot the strong leader of popular history, but a young man who questions his own identity and struggles to find his purpose. Gerald Prokopowicz searches for the military leader, William C. Harris for the peacemaker, and Robert Bruce meditates on Lincoln and death. In a final chapter Boritt and Harold Holzer offer a fascinating portfolio of Lincoln images in modern art.
Acute and thought-provoking in their observations, this all-star cast of historiansincluding two Pulitzer and three Lincoln Prize winnersquestions our assumptions of Lincoln, and provides a new vitality to our ongoing reflections on his life and legacy.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Gabor S. Boritt is the director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. His books include The Gettysburg Nobody Knows.
What People are Saying About This
Enigma or not, Lincoln greatly benefits from this collection of essays--and so do we as readers. After Gabor Boritt's picturesque travelogue in search of Lincoln effigies all over the world, we are given, with ample documentation, views that overturn the conventional about Lincoln's early life, marriage, self-will, and military mind, all this topped off by a superb meditation on Lincoln and death. A visual bonus follows in the form of a gallery of portraits and caricatures mostly unfamiliar. Few books of this size contain so much.
(Jacques Barzun, author of the bestseller From Dawn to Decadence)
Grounded on new archival treasures and state-of-the-art research, edited by the great Lincoln historian Gabor Boritt, The Lincoln Enigma is a rich, absorbing and sometimes startling book, rendered by some of the most distinguished scholars in the Lincoln world.
(Michael Beschloss, PBS and NBC commentator)