Abraham Lincoln: A Life

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Hardcover, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008, ISBN13 9780801889936, ISBN10 0801889936

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In the first multi-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln to be published in decades, Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame offers a fresh look at the life of one of Americas greatest presidents. Incorporating the field notes of earlier biographers, along with decades of research in multiple manuscript archives and long-neglected newspapers, this remarkable work will both alter and reinforce current understanding of Americas sixteenth president.

Volume 1 covers Lincolns early childhood, his experiences as a farm boy in Indiana and Illinois, his legal training, and the political ambition that led to a term in Congress in the 1840s. In volume 2, Burlingame examines Lincolns life during his presidency and the Civil War, narrating in fascinating detail the crisis over Fort Sumter and Lincolns own battles with relentless office seekers, hostile newspaper editors, and incompetent field commanders. Burlingame also offers new interpretations of Lincolns private life, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd and the untimely deaths of two sons to disease.

But through it allhis difficult childhood, his contentious political career, a fratricidal war, and tragic personal lossesLincoln preserved a keen sense of humor and acquired a psychological maturity that proved to be the Norths most valuable asset in winning the Civil War.

Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, this landmark publication establishes Burlingame as the most assiduous Lincoln biographer of recent memory and brings Lincoln alive to modern readers as never before.

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Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: Dec 10, 2008
ISBN-13: 9780801889936
ISBN-10: 0801889936
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 2008
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 9.18
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 10.0 x 7.0 x 4.3
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