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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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Overall customer rating: 4.667
Kerby L

a great

by Kerby L on Jul 21, 2011

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

by WILMOM on Jan 22, 2009

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.

Ron Townsend

White snakeroot

by Ron Townsend on Sep 10, 2008

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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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 ... Read more

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