Journey into the heart and mind of Abraham Lincoln, because events don't make history ... people do.Included in the Lincoln Collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential LibraryAbraham Lincoln is inescapably human, reliving the gauntlet of tragedy and abuse that should have consumed him, exposing his private reasons for standing firm on the brink of war.Seven-year-old AbrJourney into the heart and mind of Abraham Lincoln, because events don't make history ... people do.Included in the Lincoln Collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential LibraryAbraham Lincoln is inescapably human, reliving the gauntlet of tragedy and abuse that should have consumed him, exposing his private reasons for standing firm on the brink of war.Seven-year-old Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood dies when his father drags their family from the relative comfort of Kentucky into an unforgiving Indiana wilderness. While suffering rebuke for teaching himself to read and write, Abraham endures rumors of illegitimate birth, escapes death a half-dozen times, labors to repay his father’s debts, and grieves the deaths of his infant brother, angel mother, precious sister, and beloved sweetheart.By his early thirties, he casts off his parents’ religion, becomes estranged from his closest friend, and loses faith in his own character when he breaks an engagement to marry a woman he doesn’t love. He spirals into life-threatening depression. In the prime of life, unable to keep a pledge made to his dying mother to become someone special, he wrestles with self-doubt, abandons politics, and resigns himself to a life of mediocrity. But when his long-time rival opens the door for slavery’s expansion across half the globe, Lincoln faces the greatest challenge of his life—his beloved country is being ripped apart.Grounded in historical record, the story is enriched by insights gleaned from the works of prominent Lincoln biographers—Harold Holzer, Michael Burlingame, Douglas Wilson, Allen Guelzo, and Joshua Shenk, to credit a few....
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Open Lincoln Raw and step back into the life of the boy enduring hardship and grief laced through with a determination to educate himself in basics, great literature, and the law, and you find the heart and soul of the man who became president during one of our country’s most challenging times. This book will make you cry at times and grin at others. It will hold you in its thrall throughout. You will travel treacherous rivers, trudge across rugged terrain and battlefields, and witness man’s inhumanity to man through Lincoln’s eyes. You may slip into melancholy with him as he endures the despair of personal loss and the doubt of personal worth, but you will be there to cheer him on when he boards the train that will carry him to Washington City to take the oath of office of President of the United States of America. This book speaks to you in the voice of an unknown boy becoming a famous man. You will count him your friend at the end. Jan Walker, author & indie press editorial director
Very readable and it keep me up at night as I wanted to find out what happened next. A childhood of hardship and deprivation, the loss of loved ones inclining him ever more to melancholy and Mary Todd's volatile temperament didn't help any either. He was willing to leave slavery alone where it was already established but didn't want it to spread into newly acquired territories feeling that poor laborers should have the right to earn a fair wage instead. Those who dealt in slavery would have it otherwise. Andrew Buchanan's administration didn't help matters either, in fact they did nothing at all when the Southern States started voting to secede and voted in Jefferson Davis. Now I shall have to read a non-fiction work on Lincoln and compare books.
FTC disclosure: I received this book free from Goodreads hoping I would review it.
As someone who reads a lot about Abraham Lincoln , I viewed this book with a bit of concern. Would the author have something worthwhile to say about Abraham Lincoln that was not said in fourteen thousand or so other books? To be sure, the author provides a good account of his own desire to write about Lincoln from the inside, but this only increased my concern, since Lincoln was a particularly complicated person and hard to get right, as the many ways that he is viewed and the many causes he is enlisted for attest to. Likewise, the size of the book at more than 400 pages put me off a bit too and delayed my reading of this book until a polite e-mail reminded me that I had promised to read and review the book and pointed me to my duty, even if it was not one I necessarily looked forward to. That said, even though I still am not sure that the author's approach in writing from the perspective of Lincoln was the best one, I can say with confidence that the author did at least do his homework in reading a great deal about Lincoln's life and so he presents at least a plausible Lincoln whose complexity keeps this book in the realm of historical fiction and not fantasy or propaganda.As a novel, this somewhat lengthy effort begins on the last day of Lincoln's life (spoiler alert) and then goes back to Lincoln's childhood and then covers Lincoln's life in a generally chronological fashion. The author shows an obvious awareness of the historiography of Lincoln's career from his melancholy, the doubts he had about his mother's legitimacy (and even his own), even some of the more obscure aspects of Lincoln's time on the circuit court ridings. The author presents Lincoln as a man of deep melancholy and frustrated ambition, a permissive father and a longsuffering husband, but someone who also had a rather cold and implacable heart towards his father, whom he despised for being abusive and cruel, hostile to his own educational ambitions, and willing to treat his son like a slave. The novel also shows Lincoln's political ambitions and how he worked out his own rhetoric in the face of competing advice and immensely difficult conditions. The book could have done with a bit more of Lincoln's genuinely funny sense of humor, including the way that he punctured Cass' ambitions in 1848 as a member of the House of Representatives with a reference to his own ineffectual military service. Still, the book was long enough and had no need to be longer, even though it ended as Lincoln was preparing for his first inaugural and thus does not include much of his Civil War experience.Overall, this book adopts the psychological approach to Lincoln that has become increasingly popular over the last few decades. The novel mercifully avoids at least some of the speculation about Lincoln and sex, while showing him as generally awkward about intimacy, which seems a pretty fair approach to take. Lincoln is presented as a complex person with a great deal of tension between his devotion to law and his passionate longings for justice. Even though I have a few quibbles with some aspects of the author's presentation of Lincoln and his behavior--I would argue he was probably not as gallant as the author suggests about the Shields matter that provoked his abortive duel of honor. Even so, despite this, I think there is much to appreciate about this book. Many people who read this book will not be Lincoln scholars who pour over his writings and reflect upon his biography, and will be unaware that he had a deep interest in the Bible but was not a technical Christian, or that he had deep criticism for abolitionists, largely on account of their disobedience of the law and their lack of kindness towards the plight of whites in slave states who they looked down on self-righteously, in the manner of contemporary liberals. All in all, this is a good book, and someone reading it would be genuinely informed by some excellent scholarship about Lincoln. If you like reading novels that put themselves in the place of historical characters and are fond of Abraham Lincoln, there will be much to enjoy here. See, for example:https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017...https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017...https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017...https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017...https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016...https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015...https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015...https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2010...https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/tag/...
It was a good book. I liked it a lot. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of D.L. Fowler, the author, in exchange for a review posted to Goodreads, Amazon and my book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I accepted the author's offer as I have read extensively about Abraham Lincoln and the concept for the book was interesting.The book is historical fiction and is presented in Lincoln's voice from a young age to his becoming President. It offers up how the 16th President of the United States developed into the leader he became in spite of the numerous obstacles he had to overcome. I found the author's approach interesting as he has spent a great deal of time researching his subject in preparation for this novel and it shows in the rich detail in which he paints his picture of what Lincoln was thinking as he matured.I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in how Lincoln may have perceived his environment and his thought process as he matured and eventually became President.
I won this novel through Goodreads Giveaways.My first historical novel and it won't be my last. D. L. Fowler takes you back in time to Lincoln's boyhood and you watch him grow up to become President. It is very well researched with an excellent writing style. It was difficult at times to picture Lincoln as so vulnerable with so many human flaws. However, he persevered through abuse, heartbreak and tragedy....it was heart wrenching.This book made Lincoln's life come alive in his day-to-day events at times wanting to cry and other times grinning and smiling. Thoroughly enjoyed watching him come of age and become President. I didn't want the book to end.Great read. Definitely recommend.
WonderfulHaving read many books about Lincoln, I was skeptical about reading one more. Am I ever glad I did. This book is a real treat. Read it to understand the man and his fierce determination to be something special.