Simon & Schuster


  • Publish Date: 1995-10-16
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: David Herbert Donald

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Destined to become a classic in American history and biography, David Herbert Donalds Lincoln is a masterly account of how one mans extraordinary political acumen steered the Union to victory in the Civil War, and of how his soaring rhetoric gave meaning to that agonizing struggle for nationhood and equality. This fully rounded biography of Americas sixteenth President is the product of Donalds half-century of study of Lincoln and his times. In preparing it, Donald has drawn more extensively than any previous writer on Lincolns personal papers and those of his contemporaries, and he has taken full advantage of the voluminous newly discovered records of Lincolns legal practice. He presents his findings with the same literary skill and psychological understanding exhibited in his previous biographies, which have received two Pulitzer Prizes. Donald brilliantly traces Lincolns rise from humble origins in Kentucky to prominent positions in legal and political circles in Illinois, and then to the pinnacle of the presidency. He shows how, in all these roles, Lincoln repeatedly demonstrated his enormous capacity for growth, which enabled one of the least experienced and most poorly prepared men ever elected to high office to become a giant in the annals of American politics. Much more than a political biography, Donalds Lincoln reveals the development of the future Presidents character and shows how his private life helped to shape his public career. Donalds biography is written from Lincolns point of view. Donald seats us behind the Presidents desk, where we read the papers and reports he received and wrote, meet the politicians and generals and ordinary citizens who visited his office, and observe him evaluating the evidence before him and making the decisions that shaped modern America.

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