Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 9, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 290 pages
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As a defender of national unity, a leader in war, and the emancipator of slaves, Abraham Lincoln lays ample claim to being the greatest of our presidents. But the story of his rise to greatness is as complex as it is compelling. In this superb, prize-winning biography, acclaimed historian Richard Carwardine examines Lincoln’s dramatic political journey, from his early years in the Illinois legislature to his nation-shaping years in the White House. Here, Carwardine combines a new perspective with a compelling narrative to deliver a fresh look at one of the pillars of American politics. He probes the sources of Lincoln’s moral and political philosophy and uses his groundbreaking research to cut through the myth and expose the man behind it.


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Review: Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power

User Review  - Michael Farnsworth - Goodreads

Good Read. Explores one one hand the morality of abolition and on the other hand, the politics needed to get there. Would recommend to any American who follows current issues. Read full review

Review: Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power

User Review  - James Stevens - Goodreads

While this book is hard to follow, Carwardine has done a thorough review of how Lincoln's thinking and political influence grew from his years in Springfield until his death. Of particularly interest ... Read full review

Contents

Lincolns Ambition and Political Vision
Lincoln the Illinois Public
Winning the Presidency 185860
From PresidentElect to
Evolving Objectives 186165
Coercion and Voluntary
The Potency of Death
Afterword
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Richard J. Carwardine is Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University. His previous book is Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America.


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