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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.
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By Joe on 07-03-18
Exceptional volume of research and detail
I am impressed with the extraordinary amount of research and detail that fed into this Lincoln biography. The performer’s use of different voices for different characters made the book more understandable. I also appreciate the greater honesty in describing aspects of Lincoln’s personality and behavior that may be less consistent with more heroic Lincoln myths. This is the best of the ten or so major Lincoln biographies I have read.
By Adam on 11-03-17
This was an extremely engaging audio book. There were no moments of long drawn out information spewing. A very lively story. Very excited to move on to the next volume. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is Mr. Pratt mispronounced a handful of words multiple times. Not that I think I could do any better. It was just really distracting.