"The Lincoln Enigma turns out to be a provocative, thoughtful consideration of two aspects of this atonishingly interesting man: his capacity to be all things to all people and the deep mystery at the very core of him."Jonathan Yardly, The Washington Post
"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
"Enigma or not, Lincoln greatly benefits from this collection of essaysand 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
"Each essay is a tiny gem of originality and insight; taken together, they form a splendid whole which goes as far as any single book to illuminate the Lincoln enigma." Doris Kearns Goodwin, PBS and NBC commentator, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller, No Ordinary Time, and of Wait Till Next Year
"The stimulating essays in this volume prove that despite the thousands of books about Lincoln, there are still new insights and fresh perspectives to engage the reader. At the same time, many aspects of Lincoln's lifehis marriage for instanceremain an enigma." James M. McPherson, Princeton University, author of the bestselling Pulitzer winning Battle Cry of Freedom
"The Licoln Enigma is a splendid collection of essays that explores the mind, the personality, and the social conscience of one of America's most important presidents. From the socialization of his youth, to his marriage, to his evolution as leader of the nation at its most critical hour, to his death and his place in the American memory, these writings tell of a remarkable man and president, who remains a mystery even to those who have spent a lifetime studying him. This is fascinating reading, a must for every student of American politics, social history and biography." James Oliver Horton, Banneker Professor of American Studies and History, George Washington University, and co-author of In Hope of Liberty: Community, Culture and Protest Among Northern Free Blacks, 1700-1860
The Lincoln Enigma turns out to be a provocative, thoughtful consideration of two aspects of this astonishingly interesting man: his capacity to be all things to all people and the deep mystery at the very core of him.
A recent popular poll found Abraham Lincoln remains one of the best-regarded American Presidents. This title, based on papers presented at a Gettysburg College Civil War Institute conference in summer 2000, shows that such interest is still shared by scholars as well. Boritt, the director of the institute and author of numerous works on the conflict, edited this excellent collection of essays by eight of our leading Civil War scholars (David Herbert Donald, William C. Davis, Jean Baker, Douglas Wilson, and others). Topics range from the late President's views on race (and ideas about the formation of an all-black colony) to his love life; the young Lincoln, the married Lincoln, and the strategist Lincoln; biographer Donald even imagines how the Great Emancipator might have run the Confederacy. An epilog by Borrit and Harold Holzer on Lincoln in art is particularly intriguing. The release of this title was designed to coincide with the recent PBS documentary on Abraham and Mary Lincoln. An excellent choice for both public and academic libraries. Daniel Liestman, Kansas State Univ. Libs., Manhattan Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.