Abraham Lincoln: A Life, Volume 1

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Johns Hopkins University Press, Dec 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 2024 pages
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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 Americaís 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 Americaís sixteenth president.

Volume 1 covers Lincolnís 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 Lincolnís life during his presidency and the Civil War, narrating in fascinating detail the crisis over Fort Sumter and Lincolnís own battles with relentless office seekers, hostile newspaper editors, and incompetent field commanders. Burlingame also offers new interpretations of Lincolnís private life, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd and the untimely deaths of two sons to disease.

But through it allóhis difficult childhood, his contentious political career, a fratricidal war, and tragic personal lossesóLincoln preserved a keen sense of humor and acquired a psychological maturity that proved to be the Northís 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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Review: Abraham Lincoln: A Life, Volume One

User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

What a wonderful book. Detailed, well-written and a moving portrait of not only the remarkable man that Lincoln was, but also of his time and place. I learned more about Lincoln's life before his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Apposite - Goodreads

I have read a number Lincoln biographies but this one spares no minutia and it is written as if you are at Lincoln's side throughout his life. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Michael Burlingame is Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield. He is the author or editor of a number of books about Lincoln, including Lincoln Observed: Civil War Dispatches of Noah Brooks, published by Johns Hopkins, and The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln.

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