Lincoln by David Herbert Donald

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...Donald’s biography is a masterful assemblage of the facts of Lincoln’s life; but we would look in vain in it for what “generations in America” remember of his example.


A masterful work by Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Herbert Donald, Lincoln is a stunning portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency.

Donald brilliantly depicts Lincoln’s gradual ascent from humble beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever-expanding political circles in Illinois, and finally to the presidency of a country divided by civil war. Donald goes beyond biography, illuminating the gradual development of Lincoln’s character, chronicling his tremendous capacity for evolution and growth, thus illustrating what made it possible for a man so inexperienced and so unprepared for the presidency to become a great moral leader. In the most troubled of times, here was a man who led the country out of slavery and preserved a shattered Union—in short, one of the greatest presidents this country has ever seen.

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David Herbert Donald is the author of Lincoln, which won the prestigious Lincoln Prize and was on the New York Times bestseller list for fourteen weeks, and of Lincoln at Home. He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize, for Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War, and for Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe. He is the Charles Warren Professor of American History and of American Civilization Emeritus at Harvard University and resides in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Published December 20, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 720 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Entertainment Weekly

on Oct 20 2008

... this view of the 16th not only a cogent, brand-new understanding of what made the man tick. It's also a good read that may well win Donald a third Pulitzer.

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Christian Science Monitor

Reviewed by Gabor Boritt. on Jan 11 2009

Literate Americans, and people around the world who would understand what Lincoln called this ''almost chosen people,'' owe it to themselves to read this remarkable, provocative book.

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Reviewed by Matthew Pinsker on Aug 12 2011 his own quiet, firm manner, Donald meets theburdens of his will almost surely be the firstword on the subject for generations to come.

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Reviewed by Walter Berns on Jan 11 2013

...Donald’s biography is a masterful assemblage of the facts of Lincoln’s life; but we would look in vain in it for what “generations in America” remember of his example.

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