Abraham Lincoln is the central axis of this story about America's seemingly unstoppable march toward war, the shattering of its political landscape, and its grappling with the moral underpinnings of a republic of the people, by the people, and for the people. Here are such key events as the Mexican-American War, the Dred Scott Case, westward expansion, the rise of the industrial north, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, and the birth of the Republican Party. And here we meet Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Zachary Taylor, Stephen Douglas, and abolitionists Wendell Phillips, John Brown, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. We see it all through the breathtaking writings of Lincoln himself, detailing his emergence onto the political scene and the evolution of his beliefs about the Union, democracy, slavery, and civil war.
"[L]ively prose backed with solid research....Waugh is particularly adept at weaving details of Lincoln's family life into the narrative." (Publishers Weekly)
"General audiences will delight in Waugh's expansive narrative full of colorful anecdotes. This book vividly illustrates why Abraham Lincoln remains a touchstone for democracy." (Thomas F. Schwartz, Illinois State Historian, Lincoln Presidential Library)
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Good historical review
The book gives a great account of Lincolns early days and the experiences and events that lead him to become president.
There is a lack of color or depth into describing Lincoln’s personality. Just when you started to get a feeling for Lincoln as a man and a look into his soul, the author moves on.
The narrator was often drab in his descriptions and reading of the story, which drained color from who Lincoln’s really was and why he was so beloved and at the same time reviled. Drummond should have focused less on reading and more on description and tone.
- james "Scorblue"