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Before he grew up and became one of Washington's most respected reporters and editors, Andrew Ferguson was, of all things, a Lincoln buff — with the photos hung on his bedroom wall to prove it. Decades later, Ferguson's latent buffdom is reignited. In Land of Lincoln, he embarks on a curiosity-fueled coast-to-coast journey through contemporary Lincoln Nation, encountering everything from hatred to adoration to opportunism and all manner of reaction in between. He attends a national conference of Lincoln impersonators; attends a leadership conference based on Lincoln's "management style;" drags his family across the three-state-long and now defunct Lincoln Heritage Trail; and even manages to hold one of five original copies of the Gettysburg Address. Along the way he weaves in enough history to hook readers of presidential biographies and popular histories while providing the engaging voice and style of the best narrative journalism.

This is an entertaining, unexpected, and big-hearted celebration of Lincoln and his enduring influence on the country he helped create.

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"The question that animates this original, insightful, disarmingly funny book is: how do Americans commemorate Lincoln, and what do our memories of him reveal about our visions of the good life? To discover the answer, Ferguson, an editor at the Weekly Standard and a Lincoln buff, made a long field trip, poking into many of the places where Americans have chosen to remember — or to forget — Honest Abe. He eavesdrops on the Lincoln Reconsidered conference, where a group of 'Abephobes' aim to retrieve Lincoln's memory from the distortions of 'liberal historians.' He considers the 'Disney aesthetic' of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., and attends a convention of Lincoln 'presenters' (otherwise known as impersonators). Ferguson is occasionally and unnecessarily snide, and a deeper examination of the changing place of Lincoln in mainstream historical scholarship would have added a great deal to the book. Still, Ferguson's conclusions are stirring. He finds Lincoln's meaning best articulated by Robert Moton, an educator whose parents were slaves. With great simplicity, Moton explained Lincoln's greatness: '...in a time of doubt and distrust... he spoke the word that gave freedom to a race and vindicated the honor of a Nation conceived in liberty....' (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"To anyone who watched the 2005 Discovery Channel miniseries 'Greatest American' — and millions did — it is clear that Abraham Lincoln has morphed from controversial paradox to national icon back to controversial paradox. Condemned by 19th-century critics for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation too quickly (voters eviscerated his party in the next congressional elections), Lincoln has been damned... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Ferguson and his discovery of the infinitely malleable Abe — yesterday's Emancipator, today's business consultant — deliver wry, ever-humorous perspectives." Gilbert Taylor, Booklist

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"[A] funny, sad, savage and tender account of contemporary America. There's stuff about Lincoln in there, too." Minneapolis Star Tribune

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"Ferguson's story...is about us as much as Lincoln." Chicago Tribune

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"Mr. Ferguson engages in leisurely conversations with historians, boosters, memorabilia collectors....In short, he pursues Lincoln by sounding out the Lincoln in American lives." Wall Street Journal

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"Superb....This book belongs on the bookshelf of every Civil War buff!" Jay Winik

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"[A] wonderful and serious book about the enduring impact of out greatest president, by one of our best and wittiest writers." Christopher Buckley

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"Wow! This is a fascinating book. With his usual humor and insight, but also with real polgnancy, Ferguson looks at how we see ourselves as a nation by exploring the way we choose to see Lincoln. The result is brilliant and amusing, but also deeply moving." Walter Isaacson

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"Now he belongs to the ages — including the age of kitsch, criticism, and yearning in which we live. Andy Ferguson, one of the best writers in America, tracks Lincoln through twenty-first-century America with humanity, clarity, humor, and passion — the very qualities of Lincoln himself." Richard Brookhiser

Book News Annotation:

Ferguson (a senior editor at The Weekly Standard) combines travelogue, memoir, and historiography in describing his travels around the United States, sometimes with reluctant family in tow, investigating how President Abraham Lincoln is remembered in museums, at monuments and historic sites, by impersonators ("Lincoln presenters"), and even in business conferences. While he often adopts a light-hearted tone, Ferguson's takes can become pretty jaundiced towards those he sees as misappropriating Lincoln to further their own political agendas, though one rather suspects his own right-leaning blinders and preference for the history of "great men" as national icons were not subjected to quite as much critical scrutiny. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Andrew Ferguson is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard and has written for The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and many other national publications. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Kid_Kat, July 2, 2007 (view all comments by Kid_Kat)
Could there be any better way to turn an obsession into an art form? Andrew Ferguson takes us on a headlong plunge into lincoln mania! If you ever wanted to know anything about the most famous President grab this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780871139672
Subtitle:
Adventures in Abe's America
Author:
Ferguson, Andrew
Author:
Ferguson, Andrew
Author:
Ferguson, D.B. Ed.
Author:
Ferguson, D.B. Ed.
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
Subject:
Political
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Topic - Political
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070610
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 19.5 oz

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Product details 288 pages Atlantic Monthly Press - English 9780871139672 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The question that animates this original, insightful, disarmingly funny book is: how do Americans commemorate Lincoln, and what do our memories of him reveal about our visions of the good life? To discover the answer, Ferguson, an editor at the Weekly Standard and a Lincoln buff, made a long field trip, poking into many of the places where Americans have chosen to remember — or to forget — Honest Abe. He eavesdrops on the Lincoln Reconsidered conference, where a group of 'Abephobes' aim to retrieve Lincoln's memory from the distortions of 'liberal historians.' He considers the 'Disney aesthetic' of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., and attends a convention of Lincoln 'presenters' (otherwise known as impersonators). Ferguson is occasionally and unnecessarily snide, and a deeper examination of the changing place of Lincoln in mainstream historical scholarship would have added a great deal to the book. Still, Ferguson's conclusions are stirring. He finds Lincoln's meaning best articulated by Robert Moton, an educator whose parents were slaves. With great simplicity, Moton explained Lincoln's greatness: '...in a time of doubt and distrust... he spoke the word that gave freedom to a race and vindicated the honor of a Nation conceived in liberty....' (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Ferguson and his discovery of the infinitely malleable Abe — yesterday's Emancipator, today's business consultant — deliver wry, ever-humorous perspectives."
"Review" by , "[A] funny, sad, savage and tender account of contemporary America. There's stuff about Lincoln in there, too."
"Review" by , "Ferguson's story...is about us as much as Lincoln."
"Review" by , "Mr. Ferguson engages in leisurely conversations with historians, boosters, memorabilia collectors....In short, he pursues Lincoln by sounding out the Lincoln in American lives."
"Review" by , "Superb....This book belongs on the bookshelf of every Civil War buff!"
"Review" by , "[A] wonderful and serious book about the enduring impact of out greatest president, by one of our best and wittiest writers."
"Review" by , "Wow! This is a fascinating book. With his usual humor and insight, but also with real polgnancy, Ferguson looks at how we see ourselves as a nation by exploring the way we choose to see Lincoln. The result is brilliant and amusing, but also deeply moving."
"Review" by , "Now he belongs to the ages — including the age of kitsch, criticism, and yearning in which we live. Andy Ferguson, one of the best writers in America, tracks Lincoln through twenty-first-century America with humanity, clarity, humor, and passion — the very qualities of Lincoln himself."
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