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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; PAPERBACK EDITION edition (3 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753817403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753817407
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,464,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finished copies of LINCOLN have gone out with a press date of 27th February.'...the author portrays the president with considerable colour and sensitivity...an excellent introduction to this supreme figure in American history.'Raymond Seitz, THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH '[an] admirably lucid, elegant biography ofAmerica's greatest and most tragic president. The narrative crackles with energy...The Lincoln industry in Amreica is as productive as our Churchill industry, and this addition to the canon is a model of what a concise popular biography should be.'Chistopher Silvester, THE SUNDAY TIMES 'It is Keneally's simple concentration on the man himself that makes this biography so unusual and alluring.'Andrew Rosenhein, GUARDIAN ''An engaging introduction to one of America's most elusive icons."GOOD BOOK GUIDE '...by concentrating on the character of the man Thomas Keneally introduces us to a new, more human Lincoln and provides genuinely new insight into the influences and beliefs that helpedshape his personality.'YORKSHIRE EVENING POST There has also been a large rev --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Abraham Lincoln's place in history would have been assured if he had uttered only the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy. But fate took a hand: little more than a year later he was murdered in a Washington theatre. If the rest of his life is little known outside America, Thomas Keneally's sharply observed account more than fills in the gaps. He shows that if ever there was a man determined to succeed it was Abraham Lincoln. Self-made, he rose from obscurity to lead the nation through its most tumultuous time. Keneally, author of Schindler's Ark, the Booker Prize-winning novel that inspired the film Schindler's List, has long had a fascination with the American civil war. His 1970s novel, Confederates, was highly praised. Here he delves with relish - and a keen, fresh eye - into Lincoln's complicated persona. The triumphs, insecurities, and crushing defeats are related with uncanny insight: his early poverty and the ambition that propelled him out of it; the shaping of the man and his political philosophy by youthful exposure to Christianity, slavery, and business; his tempestuous marriage and his fatherly love. We see him, elected to the presidency by a twist of fate, unswerving in the grim day-to-day conduct of the war as his vision and acumen led the Union and ultimately the nation forward. Lincoln is an incisive study of a turning point in America's history and a revealing portrait of its pivotal figure, his greatness etched more clearly in this very touching human story. 14.99 price in UK only Thomas Keneally, born in northern New South Wales in 1935, began his highly successful writing career over thirty years ago. His fiction, which is often inspired by real events, includes Confederates, Gossip from the Forest, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith and A Family Madness. Four of his novels have been short-listed for the Booker Prize and Schindler's Ark - winner of the prize in 1982 - has sold more copies than any other Booker prizewinner. Married, with two daughters, he lives in Sydney, Australia. Weidenfeld & Nicolson The Orion Publishing Group Orion House 5 Upper Saint Martin's Lane London, WC2H 9EA --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By johnnybird on 5 April 2003
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In this brief biography, "America's greatest theologian" and possibly its greatest president, is introduced to the general reader. From log cabins in Kentucky and southern Indiana and on into Illinois, this pioneer of American frontier and of American nationhood found his way to the immortality which obscures him to our view. In the Lincoln Memorial his words of dedication of the military cemetery at Gettysburg and of his second inaugural address confront us with our mortality and our - there's no hiding this - gracious God. How he saw through the smoke and pride and bombast of self-serving conflict a greater purpose for human government and human endeavour is the great mystery and sanity of Lincoln. How he put up with his own mortality and made a backwoods sense of humour into a tool for governance is a great pleasure well worth observing. In days when the most venal of motives and the most overblown of rhetoric are enslaved to the exportation of Democracy, it is well to be reminded - gently and reverently - of what government of the people, by the people, and for the people is really about. Good booklist for further reading - notably "Battle Cry of Freedom" by James McPherson, in the Oxford history of the United States.
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