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This is an old, somewhat antiquated biography of Lincoln written by a British academic.
It does a solid job of telling the story of Lincoln's life, particularly focusing on the war years and his legacy thereafter.
For American listeners, however, the most interesting thing about this book is simply that it tells a history of America from the British perspective. Generals and politicians who are unanimously lauded in American textbooks are looked at with a scrutiny that seems pretentious but is, in fact, merely British.
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Very interesting and wide ranging. A lot of detail that perhaps slows up the narration of events but is all interesting and not superfluous. the English is very dated but elegant and the historical proximity of writer to his subject makes it a fascinating view.