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Lincoln as Lincoln,
By A Customer
This review is from: Lincoln (Paperback)
Many of us grow up as fans of someone. But when we get older, we find out that our heroes did not, and perhaps could never, live up to our expectations.
Abraham Lincoln is different, at least for me. After reading Donald's Lincoln you walk away as though you had met the man and had a long -- and honest -- coversation with him. As opposed to many biographies of Lincoln, Donald relies on the president's own words and perceptions, not the author's opinions or views.
An important contribution to the study of Lincoln Donald provides is the humanity in which he treats the president's failures. We find out how he failed at business, politics and love before the successes he accomplished later.
When viewed through the lense of Lincon's life and times, he becomes even greater. The president was not popular, not well-supported by his own political party and not a saint. Lincoln is a politician, a detached but loyal husband, a thinker but not an idealogue and a genuinely funny guy.
Donald's greatest achievement is allowing Lincoln to be Lincoln. I highly recommend this book.
Michael D. Cohen, Ph.D.