The Ultimate Abraham Lincoln Collection by Charles River Editors, Abraham Lincoln, William Herndon
Includes: •Charles River Editors’ original biography of Abraham Lincoln •The Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, including the Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation, and Inaugural Addresses •Herndon’s Lincoln by William Herndon •The Papers and Writings of Abraham Lincoln: All Volumes
“Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say, for one, that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow-men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.” –Abraham Lincoln (1832)
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) is one of the most famous Americans in history and one of the country’s most revered presidents. Schoolchildren can recite the life story of Lincoln, the “Westerner” who educated himself and became a self made man, rising from lawyer to leader of the new Republican Party before becoming the 16th President of the United States. Lincoln successfully navigated the Union through the Civil War but didn’t live to witness his crowning achievement, becoming the first president assassinated when he was shot at Ford’s Theater by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.
In the generation after the Civil War, Lincoln became an American deity and one of the most written about men in history. With such a sterling reputation, even historians hesitate to write a critical word; in Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin casts Lincoln as an almost superhuman puppet master in control of his Cabinet’s political machinations and the war’s direction, juggling the balancing act flawlessly. As a result, Lincoln the man is far less known than Lincoln the myth.
The Ultimate Abraham Lincoln Collection looks at the life and career of the legendary president, including two biographies of Lincoln and his writings and papers, including his Gettysburg Address and classic Second Inaugural Address. The Ultimate Abraham Lincoln Collection also includes a Table of Contents and pictures of important people, places, and events in his life.