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Abraham Lincoln: Great American Historians on Our Sixteenth President
 
 
Author
Brian Lamb & Susan Swain, eds.
Publisher PublicAffairs  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781586487744
Pages/Publication Date 371/2008
Daedalus Item Code 21873
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Here America's foremost Lincoln historians offer a diverse array of perspectives on the life and legacy of America's 16th president. These essays span Lincoln's life from his early career as a Springfield lawyer to his presidential reign during one of America's most troubled historical periods and his assassination in 1865, resulting in a composite portrait of Lincoln that offers up new stories and fresh insights on a defining leader. The book includes a timeline of Lincoln's life, brief biographies of the 56 contributors, and Lincoln's most famous speeches.

"There are about 16,000 books on Abraham Lincoln, and authors of about 50 of them appear in this edited compilation of C-SPAN interviews. Culled from the network's various book programs, they omit the questions put by host-editor Brian Lamb and his colleagues, but the relaxed directness that is his signature is detectable in the historians' replies. Answers by anecdote abound, indicating Lamb perhaps asked, 'Who was Ann Rutledge?' or 'Was Lincoln a racist?' in addition to covering every other curiosity the reading public has about Lincoln.... This volume's review of the past 15 years of Lincoln authorial effort demonstrates how interpretively vibrant the subject remains, still capable of producing original research such as Matthew Pinsker's Lincoln's Sanctuary (2003), despite or perhaps due to Lincoln's 'biographical inaccessibility,' as Mark Neely comments. With content from history heavyweights David Herbert Donald, James McPherson, and Doris Kearns Goodwin, this will be in high demand for the bicentennial."Booklist

 
 
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