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Simon and Schuster, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 714 pages
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A masterful work by Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Herbert Donald, Lincoln is a stunning portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency.

Donald brilliantly depicts Lincoln’s gradual ascent from humble beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever-expanding political circles in Illinois, and finally to the presidency of a country divided by civil war. Donald goes beyond biography, illuminating the gradual development of Lincoln’s character, chronicling his tremendous capacity for evolution and growth, thus illustrating what made it possible for a man so inexperienced and so unprepared for the presidency to become a great moral leader. In the most troubled of times, here was a man who led the country out of slavery and preserved a shattered Union—in short, one of the greatest presidents this country has ever seen.

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User Review  - kenkarpay - LibraryThing

A biography with unique approach: telling the Lincoln life story from Lincoln's perspective of what he knew and when he knew it. An extensive, highly readable book that covers Lincoln's professional ... Read full review

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User Review  - rivkat - LibraryThing

Engaging biography of a man who was plucked from obscurity—though he liked to say he never lost a direct election, his most recent political adventure had been losing a senatorial race to Stephen ... Read full review


ONE Annals of the Poor
TWO A Piece of Floating Driftwood
FOUR Always a Whig
FIVE Lone Star of Illinois
SIX At the Head of His Profession in This State
SEVEN There Are No Whigs
NINE The Taste Is in My Mouth
TWELVE The Bottom Is Out of the Tub
THIRTEEN An Instrument in Gods Hands
FOURTEEN A Pumpkin in Each End of My Bag
FIFTEEN What Will the Country Say
SEVENTEEN The Greatest Question Ever Presented
EIGHTEEN It Was Not Best to Swap Horses
TWENTYONE I Will Take Care of Myself

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David Herbert Donald is the author of We Are Lincoln Men, Lincoln, which won the prestigious Lincoln Prize and was on the New York Times bestseller list for fourteen weeks, and Lincoln at Home. He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize, for Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War, and for Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe. He is the Charles Warren Professor of American History and of American Civilization Emeritus at Harvard University and resides in Lincoln, Massachusetts.