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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
PublisherDover Publications
File size2.7 Mb
Release date 02.11.2011
Pages count512
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In the waning weeks of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial year, I am still being asked (because I teach a course every winter on Lincoln) what one book to read on the 16th President. Those who want facts can go to David Herbert Donald’s Lincoln (1995) and those who want anecdotes can go to Doris Kearns Goodwin’s over-exposed Team of Rivals (2005), but the most discerning portrait of Lincoln as statesman is still Lincoln by Lord Charnwood (Godfrey Rathbone Benson), published in 1917, still widely available. Charnwood is deft at close readings of Lincoln’s works, always within a shrewdly appreciated political and historical context. And he can be deliciously acute about the character of those around Lincoln: "Salmon P. Chase must have really been a good man before he fell in love with his own goodness. . . . Those who read Lincoln's important letters and speeches see in him at once a great gentleman; there were but a few among the really well educated men of America who made much of his lacking some of the minor points of gentility to which most of them were born; but of those few Chase betrayed himself at once." - Dennis Hutchinson

"I am re-reading, for the third or fourth time, Lord Charnwood's wonderful biography of Abraham Lincoln. Charnwood was a member of parliament in the late nineteenth century, and he was fascinated with Lincoln as politician and statesman. The book, published in 1917, is still in print, a tribute to its acute portrayal of principal figures in Lincoln's political world, and his knowing assessment of the politics of the day—even from his remove." - Dennis Hutchinson

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