Abraham Lincoln: A Biography

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SIU Press, Sep 26, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 534 pages
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Long considered a classic, Benjamin P. Thomas's Abraham Lincoln: A Biography takes an incisive look at one of American history's greatest figures. Originally published in 1952 to wide acclaim, this eloquent account rises above previously romanticized depictions of the sixteenth president to reveal the real Lincoln: a complex, shrewd, and dynamic individual whose exceptional life has long intrigued the public.

Thomas traces the president from his hardscrabble beginnings and early political career, through his years as an Illinois lawyer and his presidency during the Civil War. Although Lincoln is appropriately placed against the backdrop of the dramatic times in which he lived, the author's true focus is on Lincoln the man and his intricate personality. While Thomas pays tribute to Lincoln's many virtues and accomplishments, he is careful not to dramatize a persona already larger than life in the American imagination. Instead he presents a candid and balanced representation that provides compelling insight into Lincoln's true character and the elements that forged him into an extraordinary leader. Thomas portrays Lincoln as a man whose conviction, resourcefulness, and inner strength enabled him to lead the nation through the most violent crossroads in its history.

Thomas's direct, readable narrative is concise while losing none of the crucial details of Lincoln's remarkable life. The volume's clarity of style makes it accessible to beginners, but it is complex and nuanced enough to interest longtime Lincoln scholars. After more than half a century, Abraham Lincoln: A Biography is still an essential source for anyone interested in learning more about the many facets of the sixteenth president, and it remains the definitive single-volume work on the life of an American legend.

 

 

  

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Contents

The Short and Simple Annals of the Poof
3
Young Man on His Own
23
Frontier Legislator His Love Affairs
44
Courtship and Marriage
81
Lawyer Politician
92
The Gentleman from Illinois
111
Echoes of National Conflict
130
Lincoln Reenters Politics
144
Peace or a Sword
226
A War for Democracy
257
Shadows on the White House
284
McClellan in Command
305
The Occasion is Piled High with Difficulty
335
The Signs Look Better
376
There Are No Lincoln Men
409
Profile of a President
456

A Political Plunge
161
Defeated for the Senate
171
The Making of a President
194
To Bind Up the Nations Wounds
487
Index
523
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Benjamin P. Thomas (1902-56) was the author of Lincoln's New Salem; Portrait for Posterity:

Lincoln and His Biographers; and Stanton: The Life and Times of Lincoln's Secretary of War (completed after his death by Harold M. Hyman). For many years he was the secretary of the Abraham Lincoln Association.

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