Abraham Lincoln: A Life, Volume Two

  • by Michael Burlingame
  • Narrated by Sean Pratt
  • 53 hrs and 45 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.
In volume 2, Burlingame examines Lincoln's presidency and the trials of the Civil War. He supplies fascinating details on the crisis over Fort Sumter and the relentless office seekers who plagued Lincoln. He introduces listeners to the president's battles with hostile newspaper editors and his quarrels with incompetent field commanders. Burlingame also interprets Lincoln's private life, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd, the untimely death of his son, Willie, to disease in 1862, and his recurrent anguish over the enormous human costs of the war.

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

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A Magnificent and Important Book

This two-volume work is long. However, the investment of time and thought required to read it is well worthwhile. Burlingame's comprehensive biography draws on a remarkable quantity of contemporaneous documents; letters, diaries, newspapers and many other sources. The effect is to leave the reader with a clear sense of the evolving political, social, economic and cultural context in which Lincoln's life and work unfolded. Most important, this biography reveals the profound significance of Abraham Lincoln to our country and the world. I recommend it highly.
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- G. Green

A masterpiece

After reading books on Abraham Lincoln for close to 45 years, you wonder what can this book tell me? The simple answer is very much.
Over the years I have come to the conclusion that the one thing that impacted this country more than any other event in our history was the assassination of Lincoln. This book (vol 1 and 2) simply confirms that view.

What is interesting are the examples of how so many of Lincolns contemporaries held him him in the same regard then, during his presidency as we do now. He was a leader that seemed to be destined to be in just that spot at that time. Within this biography you will find quotes you have not heard, have several episodes of pausing and thinking "huh, did not realize that". It is truly "The" autobiography of Lincoln. A new standard.

Sean Pratt does an excellent job with this book. There are a couple of names I think he may have pronounced wrong, but who knows. Also initially I thought his voice sounded a bit light for such a book. I mean that in thinking this book deserved a deeper, historian type of voice. ( more gravitas if you will) I will admit I was incorrect. Trust me when I say this is performed very well and he either knows something about Lincoln ( well prior to this) or did his homework. The tone and emphasis of certain words or ironic situations are always right on the mark. His accents and characters are excellent. I often found myself turning it on to catch a few more lines. Great job.

It is a long book, sometimes there are too many examples to emphasize a point. There are spots you think "alright I get it" move on. However they are few and are so minor but I thought that could have been avoided. This is well worth the time and effort.
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- Al H

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-18-2016
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC