- Paperback: 762 pages
- Publisher: Harvest Books (Nov. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156027526
- ISBN-13: 978-0156027526
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.6 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,019,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years Paperback – Nov 2002
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IN THE year 1776, when the 13 American colonies gave to the world their famous Declaration of Independence, there was a captain of Virginia militia living in Rockingham County named Abraham Lincoln. Read the first page
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At over 1200 pages, Sandburg's portrait of Lincoln is an in-depth one, and the author has a knack for identifying telling details that illuminate Lincoln's character. For example, in terms of economics, he was a strong advocate of autarky; national self-sufficiency, calling the efforts to produce products abroad and bring them to America "useless labor" (p 155). The book is replete with photographs, a technology which finally came into its own during the Civil War. There is a telling one of Lincoln, in top hat, a full head taller than McClellan, and the rest of his staff, at a meeting in Antietam.
Long before teleprompters and speech writers, Lincoln was perhaps our most articulate President. Most famously, he is known for the Gettysburg address, but Sandburg highlighted other brilliant formulations, for example, during Lincoln's debates with Judge Douglas, in the campaign for the Senate seat in 1958, he said: "It is the eternal struggle between these two principles...Read more ›
The first third looks at Lincoln's pre-Presidential life, while the remainder looks at his presidency. This feels like a thorough book about Lincoln. You'll get a thorough feel for Lincoln. I didn't know a huge amount about him (beyond willing the Civil War, his assasination, and suspending habeas corpus), and it was well writen without feeling like the author wanted to impress us with the amount of research done.
My one grumble would be that when you precis such a long work, you're going to repeat points, and that occurs here, especially when it comes to the stories Lincoln told.
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Essential reading regarding Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Lucid and superb scholarship yet very readable. A beautiful binding that is a joy to read. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Donald N. Young