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Abraham Lincoln: An introductory reading list

MarkK
 
Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power
Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power
"Carwardine's book is an excellent recent study of the life of the 16th president."
Lincoln
Lincoln
"A distillation of a lifetime of work by a great Lincoln scholar, Donald's biography is the most complete single-volume examination of Lincoln's life."
Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (Knox College Lincoln Studies Center)
Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (Knox College Lincoln Studies Center)
"A collection of remembrances by Lincoln's law partner, it is the starting point for studying Lincoln's early years."
Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850's
Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850's
"Fehrenbacher's book focuses on Lincoln's political reemergence during a tumultuous time in American politics."
Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America
Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America
"Guelzo offers a good account of the debates between Lincoln and Douglas which set the stage for the presidential election of 1860."
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Penguin history)
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Penguin history)
"McPherson's classic study of the period, one that sets Lincoln's presidency in the context of the time."
The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln (American Presidency Series)
The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln (American Presidency Series)
"An excellent overview covering every major aspect of Lincoln's presidency."
Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief
Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief
"An insightful new study on Lincoln's role as commander-in-chief, by the great scholar of the conflict."
The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties
The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties
"Neely offers an illuminating, award-winning examination of Lincoln's handling of civil liberties during the Civil War."
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America
"A good analysis of the key document of Lincoln's presidency."
Lincoln at Gettysburg (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library)
Lincoln at Gettysburg (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library)
"One of only three formal speeches Lincoln made during his presidency, the Gettysburg Address gets its due in this Pulitzer Prize-winning study."
Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
"The standard work on Lincoln's assassination, which was the first of an American president."
Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1832-1858: Bicentennial Jacket
Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1832-1858: Bicentennial Jacket
Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1859-1865: Speeches, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings, Presidential Messages and Proclamations
Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1859-1865: Speeches, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings, Presidential Messages and Proclamations
"This two-volume collection offers a great sampling of Lincoln's writings, from his speeches to his war orders."