Abraham Lincoln: A Life, Volume One

  • by Michael Burlingame
  • Narrated by Sean Pratt
  • 49 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the first multivolume biography of Abraham Lincoln to be published in decades, Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame offers a fresh look at the life of one of America's greatest presidents. Incorporating the field notes of earlier biographers along with decades of research in multiple manuscript archives and long-neglected newspapers, this remarkable work will both alter and reinforce our current understanding of America's 16th president.
Volume 1 covers Lincoln's early childhood, his experiences as a farm boy in Indiana and Illinois, his legal training, and the political ambition that led to a term in Congress in the 1840s. In Volume 2, Burlingame examines Lincoln's life during his presidency and the Civil War, narrating in fascinating detail the crisis over Fort Sumter and Lincoln's own battles with relentless office seekers, hostile newspaper editors, and incompetent field commanders. Burlingame also offers new interpretations of Lincoln's private life, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd and the untimely deaths of two sons to disease. But through it all - his difficult childhood, his contentious political career, a fratricidal war, and tragic personal losses - Lincoln preserved a keen sense of humor and acquired a psychological maturity that proved to be the North's most valuable asset in winning the Civil War.
This landmark audiobook establishes Burlingame as the most assiduous Lincoln biographer of recent memory and brings Lincoln alive as never before.


What the Critics Say

"A magisterial enterprise." (William Safire, The New York Times)


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highly recommended

A truly scholarly work. Well organized and presented, it is an enjoyable book to listen to.
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- Mohammed Raad

Quite thorough, a little dry

The book is a deep dive into Abe pre-presidency. Well researched, but I found that many of the political side stories weren't all that enthralling 160 years later. Probably a better speed read than a book on tape.
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- ryan m brown

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-16-2016
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC