Abraham Lincoln: A Life

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Penguin, Dec 30, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
18 Reviews
The ideal concise biography of an American icon- now available in paperback for the bicentennial of his birth

The self -mad e man from a log cabin, the great orator, the Emancipator, the Savior of the Union, the martyr-Lincoln's story is at the very heart of American history. But who was he, really? In this outstanding biography, award-winning author Thomas Keneally follows Lincoln from his impoverished birth through his education and presidency. From the development of his political philosophy to his troubled family life and his actions during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln is an incisive study of a turning point in our history and a revealing portrait of a pivotal figure.

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Review: Abraham Lincoln (Penguin Lives)

User Review  - Pam Schwartz - Goodreads

Fantastic. Abraham Lincoln provides a wonderful life for such a talented writer as is Keneally. As usual, his writing is concise without ill-placed tangents and belaborments. This is a great and quick ... Read full review

Review: Abraham Lincoln (Penguin Lives)

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

A well-written, well-researched brief life of Lincoln. Even though I've read a good bit about Lincoln (including Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals), I found this biography enlightening. I think ... Read full review

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Thomas Keneally has won international acclaim for his novels Schindler's Ark, Confederates, Gossip from the Forest, Playmaker, Woman of the Inner Sea, and A River Town. He is most recently the author of the biography American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles.

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