Lincoln by Jan Morris
A Foreigner's Quest

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A unique and stimulating combination of travel journal, fully researched biography, and insightful history, from a respected travel writer, features an exploration of the many facets of the Lincoln legend including the myths, the man's wit, and his many tragedies.
 

About Jan Morris

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Jan Morris has written more than thirty books on the British Empire, Europe, Venice, Oxford, Sidney, Hong Kong, Manhattan and Wales, as well as six volumes of collected essays and two autobigraphical works. Her novel, Last Letters from Hav, was a finalist for the Booker Prize in London. She is an honorary D.Litt. of the Universities of Wales and Glamorgan, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). She lives in Wales.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by PENGUIN PUTNAM * TRADE. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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Nicolay and John Hay, two early biographers, called him ''the only -- as he was certainly the last -- intimate friend that Lincoln ever had.'' Lincoln and Speed shared a double bed in Speed's store for four years (for two of those years, two other young men shared the room, though not the bed).

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Publishers Weekly

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Morris, the author of a variety of historically oriented travel books (Hong Kong: Epilogue to an Empire, etc.), does make some larger points, calling Lincoln ""the originator of American hubris."" She also gleefully reports on Lincoln's well-known ambivalence toward slavery as though she, for the...

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North Jersey

For anyone who cringed just a little while watching the trailer for "Lincoln" and worried that it might be a near-parody of a Steven Spielberg film, with its heartfelt proclamations, sentimental tones and inspiring John Williams score, fret not.

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HistoryNet

Morris's book is, after all, billed as a foreigner's view of Lincoln, and more of the idiosyncrasies of that particular viewpoint would have improved it.

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State Journal-Register

This is an advance review of "The Lincoln Conspiracy" (Random House), a novel by Timothy L.

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Independent Weekly

Lincoln accomplishes the seemingly irreconcilable feat of humanizing Abraham Lincoln while preserving his mythology.

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