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Unlike many biographies of Abraham Lincoln, which have concentrated on particular aspects of his life, his politics, his writings, his personal life ... Show synopsis

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  • a great Jul 21, 2011
    by Kerby L

    Donald writes so well that the 600 pages flies by, Shows Lincoln as sympathetic, noble, flawed, politically astute - a beautifully complex portrait..

  • Looking At Lincoln From All Angles Jan 22, 2009
    by WILMOM

    This is a well-researched, well-written book; and the only one I can find at this time that documents Lincoln's concern that the slaves have a way of returning to Africa, if they so desired to go. This piece of history is usually left out of Lincoln's biographies.

    I recommend this book to anyone who'd like to see all facets of this man, and this president.

  • White snakeroot Sep 10, 2008
    by Ron Townsend

    In the first edition of this book Donald wrote that Lincoln's mother died of a milk born
    disease called brucellosis. Actually the disease was milk sickness caused by drinking
    milk contaminated from cows eating the white snakeroot plant. The actual compound
    was determined to be tremetol named after the tremors cows exhibiting the symptoms
    of white snakeroot poisoning. The plant grows in underbrush and was responsible
    for wiping out entire villages until the pioneer coralled the cows in a pasture away
    from the whitesnakeroot. Later in life Lincoln used the term "slows" to define General
    McClellan. Other symptoms of the white snakeroot poisoning included lethargy. I sent
    information describing what I had found to Professor Donald and he wrote back to tell
    me that I was the only one to show him proof that brucellosis was wrong and white
    snakeroot poisoning was correct. In the meantime I found white snakeroot in the
    underbrush on my parent's property. It blooms in October and this was the time of
    year when milk sickness happened. Lincoln had a massive memory for things and
    the fact he facetiously referred to McClellan's actions as the "slows' is proof of this.
    The cabinet meeting in which he recorded this was reported in the diary of Gideon
    Wells, the Secretary of the Navy. Donald's is full of research and his dedication to
    Lincoln was seen in this brilliant study.

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