Unlike many biographies of Abraham Lincoln, which have concentrated on particular aspects of his life, his politics, his writings, his personal life ...Show synopsisUnlike many biographies of Abraham Lincoln, which have concentrated on particular aspects of his life, his politics, his writings, his personal life or background, this book is presented as a detailed, definitive biography which draws together all the strands of the politician's life, and includes much new material. Lincoln emerges from it as a fascinating personality, an intensely political, tormented, yet deeply attractive figure. The author, David Herbert Donald, is an authority on Lincoln and the winner of two Pulitzer prizes for biography.Hide synopsis
Lincoln (Simon & Schuster Audio) – Audiobook CD (2005)
David Herbert Donald, James Naughton (Read by)
Audiobook CD, Simon & Schuster Audio 2005
ISBN: 0743550072 ISBN-13: 9780743550079
In the bestselling tradition of Truman, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Herbert Donald offers a new classic in American history and biography -- a masterly account of how one man's extraordinary political acumen steered the Union to victory in the Civil War, and of how his soaring rhetoric gave meaning to that agonizing struggle for nationhood and equality. Donald spent 50 years studying Lincoln tracing his rise from humble origins to the pinnacle of the presidency. He reveals the development of the future ...Show moreIn the bestselling tradition of Truman, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Herbert Donald offers a new classic in American history and biography -- a masterly account of how one man's extraordinary political acumen steered the Union to victory in the Civil War, and of how his soaring rhetoric gave meaning to that agonizing struggle for nationhood and equality. Donald spent 50 years studying Lincoln tracing his rise from humble origins to the pinnacle of the presidency. He reveals the development of the future President's character and shows how Lincoln's enormous capacity for growth enabled one of the least experienced men ever elected to high office to become a giant in the annals of American politics. And he depicts a man who was basically passive by nature, yet ambitious enough to take enormous risks and overcome repeated defeats. Much more than a political biography, "Lincoln" seats us behind the desk of a President who was both a master of ambiguity and expediency and a great moral leader, as he makes the decisions that preserved the Union and shaped modern America.Hide
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.
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.
The similarities in the support and opposition in Lincolns presidential years and that for Obama are a bit scary. Neither wanted to change the course of history, vis Emancipation and Health Care, but somehow it happened as personal belief
and external politics became major factors in their their ...
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