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David Herbert Donald's Lincoln is a

stunningly original portrait of Lincoln's life

and presidency. Donald brilliantly

depicts Lincoln's gradual ascent from humble

beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever- expanding

political circles in Illinois, and finally to the

presidency of a country divided by civil war.

Donald goes beyond biography, illuminating the

gradual development of Lincoln's character,

chronicling his tremendous capacity for evolution

and growth, thus illustrating what made it possible

for a man so inexperienced and so unprepared

for the presidency to become a great moral leader.

In the most troubled of times, here was a man

who led the country out of slavery and preserved

a shattered Union — in short, one of the greatest

presidents this country has ever seen.

Synopsis:

The phenomenal national bestseller that is "the Lincoln biography for this generation" (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.)--now in paperback. Drawing on resources not available until recently--including Lincoln's personal papers, archives, and newspaper reports--two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Herbert Donald presents a masterful account of Lincoln's rise to the presidency and the political and personal challenges he faced while in office.

Synopsis:

A masterful work by Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Herbert Donald, Lincoln is a stunning portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency.

Donald brilliantly depicts Lincoln’s gradual ascent from humble beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever-expanding political circles in Illinois, and finally to the presidency of a country divided by civil war. Donald goes beyond biography, illuminating the gradual development of Lincoln’s character, chronicling his tremendous capacity for evolution and growth, thus illustrating what made it possible for a man so inexperienced and so unprepared for the presidency to become a great moral leader. In the most troubled of times, here was a man who led the country out of slavery and preserved a shattered Union—in short, one of the greatest presidents this country has ever seen.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [600]-686) and index.

About the Author

A Note to Readers:

I hesitated for a long time before deciding to write a

biography of Abraham Lincoln. There were already

thousands of books on the subject, and many of them

were excellent. Some were monumental, like the

ten-volume Abraham Lincoln: A History (1890), by John G.

Nicolay and John Hay. A few, like Lincoln the President

(4 vols. 1945-55), by J. G. Randall and Richard N.

Current, were masterworks of historical research.

But most of these books were written before the

publication of The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln,

edited by Roy P. Basler (9 vols.; 1953-55), which provided

the first authentic texts of all of Lincoln's voluminous

personal papers, long sealed in the vaults of

the Library of Congress. These manuscripts included

thousands of letters that came across the desk of the

Civil War president, from other members of the

government, from soldiers in thearmies, and from private

citizens. The opening of these papers in 1947

made it possible to understand just how Lincoln functioned

in the White House. Now, for the first time, a

historian could learn (to borrow a phrase from a later,

unhappy administration) just what the president knew

and when he knew it.

Even more recently it has become possible to

reconstruct Lincoln's career at the bar, which was the

basis both of his income and of his political success.

The Lincoln Legal Papers (an organization of expert

legal researchers) has collected thousands of documents

relating to every legal case in which Lincoln was

involved, and we can now trace the growth of Lincoln's

skill as a lawyer and the evolution of his distinctive

style.

Finding the new sources so plentiful, I concluded

that a new biography was called for. I wanted to write

a narrative account of Lincoln's life, one almost novelistic

in form, though every statement would be buttressed

by fact. My intention was to tell the story of

Lincoln's life as he saw it, making use only of the

information and ideas that were available to him at

the time. My purpose was to explain rather than to

judge.

In telling the story from Lincoln's perspective, I

became increasingly impressed by Lincoln's fatalism.

Lincoln believed, along with Shakespeare, that "there's

a divinity that shapes our ends,/Rough-hew them as we

will." Again and again, he felt that his major decisions

were forced upon him. Late in the Civil War, he

explained to a Kentucky friend: "I claim not to have

controlled events, but confess plainly that events have

controlled me." This does not mean, of course, that

Abraham Lincoln was inactive or inert, nor does it

imply that he was incapable of taking decisive action.

But this view — which is something that began to

emerge from his own words, and not a thesis that I

originally started out with — emphasizes the importance

of Lincoln's deeply held religious beliefs and his

reliance on a Higher Power.

OTHER WORKS BY DAVID HERBERT DONALD:

  • Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe --

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, 1988

  • Liberty and Union:

    The Crises of Popular Government

  • The Great Republic:

    A History of the American People

  • Gone for a Soldier: The Civil War Memories

    of Private Alfred Beard

  • Charles Sumner and the Rights of Man --

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, 1961

  • The Nation in Crisis

  • Why the North Won the Civil War

  • Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War

  • Lincoln Reconsidered: Essays on the Civil/ War Era

  • Divided We Fough

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Tom Bedell, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Tom Bedell)
After trudging through bios of Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce and Buchanan in my Presidential reading project, it would clearly have been a relief to read almost anything about Lincoln. But Donald's "Lincoln" is more than a mere oasis. It's almost compulsively readable, and free of undue analysis, since Donald pretty much tells the story from Lincoln's POV--what he knew and reacted to in his own time.
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rox.castill, November 3, 2006 (view all comments by rox.castill)
This book is actually interesing. Its long, but if you get throught the first chapter you will find yourself not wanting to put it down. David Donald sems to have written the most accurate book of Lincoln that has ever been written. I do recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684825359
Author:
Donald, David Herbert
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Lincoln, abraham, 1809-1865
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
History, theory and practice
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Lincoln, Abraham
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Abraham Lincoln, President, Illinois senator, Illinois lawyer, Civil War, Gettysburg Address, slavery, abolition, thirteenth ammendment, mary todd lincoln, seward, john wilkes booth, ford s theater, killing lincoln, manhunt, team of rivals, greatest presi
Subject:
Abraham Lincoln, President, Illinois senator, Illinois lawyer, Civil War, Gettysburg Address, slavery, abolition, thirteenth ammendment, mary todd lincoln, seward, john wilkes booth, ford s theater, killing lincoln, manhunt, team of rivals, greatest presi
Subject:
Abraham Lincoln, President, Illinois senator, Illinois lawyer, Civil War, Gettysburg Address, slavery, abolition, thirteenth ammendment, mary todd lincoln, seward, john wilkes booth, ford s theater, killing lincoln, manhunt, team of rivals, greatest presi
Subject:
Abraham Lincoln, President, Illinois senator, Illinois lawyer, Civil War, Gettysburg Address, slavery, abolition, thirteenth ammendment, mary todd lincoln, seward, john wilkes booth, ford s theater, killing lincoln, manhunt, team of rivals, greatest presi
Subject:
Abraham Lincoln, President, Illinois senator, Illinois lawyer, Civil War, Gettysburg Address, slavery, abolition, thirteenth ammendment, mary todd lincoln, seward, john wilkes booth, ford s theater, killing lincoln, manhunt, team of rivals, greatest presi
Subject:
Abraham Lincoln, President, Illinois senator, Illinois lawyer, Civil War, Gettysburg Address, slavery, abolition, thirteenth ammendment, mary todd lincoln, seward, john wilkes booth, ford s theater, killing lincoln, manhunt, team of rivals, greatest presi
Subject:
Abraham Lincoln, President, Illinois senator, Illinois lawyer, Civil War, Gettysburg Address, slavery, abolition, thirteenth ammendment, mary todd lincoln, seward, john wilkes booth, ford s theater, killing lincoln, manhunt, team of rivals, greatest presi
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
105-64
Publication Date:
November 1996
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
720
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 29.015 oz

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Product details 720 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780684825359 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The phenomenal national bestseller that is "the Lincoln biography for this generation" (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.)--now in paperback. Drawing on resources not available until recently--including Lincoln's personal papers, archives, and newspaper reports--two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Herbert Donald presents a masterful account of Lincoln's rise to the presidency and the political and personal challenges he faced while in office.
"Synopsis" by , A masterful work by Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Herbert Donald, Lincoln is a stunning portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency.

Donald brilliantly depicts Lincoln’s gradual ascent from humble beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever-expanding political circles in Illinois, and finally to the presidency of a country divided by civil war. Donald goes beyond biography, illuminating the gradual development of Lincoln’s character, chronicling his tremendous capacity for evolution and growth, thus illustrating what made it possible for a man so inexperienced and so unprepared for the presidency to become a great moral leader. In the most troubled of times, here was a man who led the country out of slavery and preserved a shattered Union—in short, one of the greatest presidents this country has ever seen.

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