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Lincoln the Unknown

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Book by Carnegie, Dale
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Buccaneer Books (first published 1932)
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David
This book truly is a testament to old-style writing, hard work, exceptional research, and a smooth writing style. While some might find the book too short, lacking in detail, or difficult to read because of the 1930's writing, I found the book enrapturing, well-researched, interesting, and a quick, enthralling read. The author knew his facts nearly impeccably, and he wrote a very informative story. For anyone interested in the life of Abraham Lincoln, this will provide you with an excellent sket...more
Kim
I enjoyed reading this book. It reminded men that even great men (or women) are simply that men (or women). They were once children, they have experienced heartbreak and failure.

What I loved most about this book was the story of Lincoln as a person. He was generous, kind, funny, patient, a man of common sense and a man that felt deep sorrow and unhappiness.


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(p22)For years, there in Indiana, Abraham Lincoln endured more terrible poverty that did thousands of teh salves...more
Daniel
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Shauna
Having read Doris Kearns Goodwin's excellently meticulous and scholarly "Team of Rivals," I was a little cautious approaching this more anecdotal, un-scholarly work by Carnegie. But this book delivers an intriguing look at the man behind the politics, and covers more about Lincoln's childhood (I had no idea how abysmally poor he was) and younger years. This book dates from 1932, and much of the writing style and personal expression of the author also come from this time period (and are thus a bi...more
Derrick Isaacson
Dale Carnegie illustrates Lincoln through stories and a thoughtful narration. It is an eye-opening tale of how Abraham Lincoln's experiences built the character he would later need to save the Union. Carnegie paints in the reader's mind a picture of a man whose strength comes from his unending meekness, humility, and integrity.

Lincoln the Unknown makes itself easily accessible to any reader. Its focus on the person over dates and details moves the reader quickly and easily though Lincoln's life....more
Carol
Really good history of Lincoln and who he was. This book was written in 1932, so the author was able to talk to people who knew people who knew Lincoln. More a study of how his character was formed and the person who he was. What a difference between who Lincoln was before his presidency and current politics. Even at the time he was not a person who was viewed favorably by the political elite. However, he was so steadfastly true to his beliefs that he became a man highly respected, even by his c...more
Nancy
GREAT, interesting biography on Lincoln. Reads like a novel but is so very informative about the life and struggles of our 16th president. Obviously the author takes some liberties, but overall I felt it was an honest portrayal. It's hard to get your hands on a copy of this--but well worth it!
Chloe
This book is pretty amazing. Dale Carnegie's forte is writing non-fiction with a novel-like flare. And my admiration for Abraham Lincoln as a human being (who shared the same birthday as Charles Darwin... so maybe it was written in the stars) has increased beyond idealisation.
My only beef with Carnegie, was his complete villianisation of Mrs Lincoln. I understand that she wasn't the most pleasant person,and that she brought Lincoln more grief than joy - but he stood her up on their wedding day i...more
Barbara
I have read many Lincoln biographies, but most I read years ago. This not only served as a review, but also gave me a new perspective on Lincoln's life and personality. It reads like a novel and goes beyond Lincoln's life to tell what become of Booth, his assassin, and also of the plot to rob Lincoln's grave by a group of counterfeiters.

Without going into details, what most amazed me after reading this book was that the Union won the Civil War. A good part of this book was about the war and the...more
Amby
began book with lot of expectation and excitement, specially just finishing Team of Rivals. I was curious to know How Lincoln was during his early times as youth. It would be wrong to say the book did not cover Linocoln's childhood and adolescent. It does provides some interesting insights into Lincoln as a human being, no different than any body else. Book descries in sufficient detail his tough upbringing, failed love life and troubles marriage, suffering was his ally since childhood but despi...more
Sam
Wouldn't highly recommend this book to those looking to read a historically focused book on Lincoln. Too much focus was put on Mary Todd Lincoln and her "insane" tendencies. Carnegie seemed to be interested in elevating Lincoln to sainthood status as he stressed Lincoln's ability to put up with Mary Todd. If anything, the book offers an inspiring glimpse into Lincoln's life. I felt I was reading a book length editorial, as Carnegie continued to offer his own perspective on Lincoln and those who...more
Brook
Although I enjoyed this book very much and learned a great deal about Abraham Lincoln, I wasn't entirely thrilled with the author's perspective. The book might have been called "Mary Todd; the Shrew," as it was as much about her influence on Lincoln as it was about Lincoln. I realize that the author was trying to emphasize Lincoln's long suffering nature, but his point was a little over stated. He often speculated about what Lincoln "probably thought." This rubbed me a little raw as it distorts...more
Ellen Mandly
I read this many years ago, in my teens or early 20's I think, and it made a huge impression on me. A lot of focus on his early life growing up in abject poverty and later the personal heartbreak he indured with crazy Mary and the loss of children. A great book! I may give this another read....
Jim
Jun 07, 2014 Jim added it
I wanted to read this book for awhile. Received book as an award in my Dale Carnegie class. It provides a lot of interesting, little known information on Lincoln.
Joelyler
I like reading this book. It's not about leader but about man of family. It's the unknown part of Lincoln. Really great to have a chance of reading it.
Manvi
Lincoln the Unknown
An excellent biography of an extraordinary man, this book kept me captivated for days. I enjoyed it so much that I have have memorized most of it in just one read. Although I am a non-American, I have developed tremendous respect for Abraham Lincoln and his noble deeds for his country. His oratory was splendid and can be read over and over again. The depths of his words come from the deep melancholy that he carried in his heart.I will recommend this book to all! (and I am goi...more
Geetanjali
Re-read: July 18,2014

This is in my opinion the best work on the life of Abraham Lincoln as the common man not the politician.

First Read: 2000
Gavin
A book records a momentous celebrity's dramatic life. A spectacular sculpture of the greatest president in US history. A memory of those who lived and gone with Lincoln The Unknown. One of the greatest debater and most successful lawyer. Who's marriage had been a tragedy and bring million of people hope and courage during the darkest time. If I can sum up everything I've learned about this book: Life goes on.
Leah Anderson
Absolutely fascinating. Dale Carnegie tells of Abrahan Lincoln's extremely poor beginning to the amazing man he became. I learned so much from this book, not just facts, or history, but about Abraham the person- by Carnegie's thorough research. Such strength of character through so much adversity, and he stuck to what he believed to be true, when even his closest of companions turned on him. Through his every day personal trials, personal tragedy and the whole world standing against him, this ma...more
John
Most biographies of Lincoln detail his time in the White House, his struggles during the civil war, and his fight to pass the 13th Amendment. This book, however, primarily focuses on his early life and life leading up to the White House. Dale Carnegie clearly states at the beginning that he wanted to write a book that wasn't a typical Lincoln book, and that he did. This gives a great account of what made Lincoln who he was, his early loves, his dealings with Mary Todd, and much more. If you are...more
Misty
This was a succint, enjoyable biography of Lincoln. Although not scholarly, accurate enough. What I appreciated most was that it had no agenda, some bias, but not agenda. It caused me to reflect how the events, especially the unfortunate ones, led to Lincoln's position and ultimate decision to end slavery in the U.S. We owe him a debt for doing what few men would have had courage to do in that era.
BTW: I found it interesting that this book was written by Dale Carnegie also author of the 1939 boo...more
Edwin Si
An account of Abraham Lincoln's life written in a very unique and personal way by Dale Carnegie. A well researched book which includes very personal descriptions of Abraham Lincoln and his family and friends. It was saddening none the less to learn about Abraham Lincoln's tragical life, the bitterness of his wife, life and death experiences of his childrens, his repeated defeats and countless failures in his career and finally his assassination at the peak of his life. I really felt a great loss...more
Sarah
I enjoyed this short biography of Lincoln. It spent more time on Lincoln's character and personal life than his politics, giving a glimpse into who he was as a man. It left me wanting to know more about the man, but not in dissatisfied manner, rather one of curiosity. Obviously, many volumes have been written with more depth...but those are the same ones that I haven't managed to find time to read--yet. This book is good for someone who wants to learn more about Lincoln in a succinct write-up.
Selma Siahaan
I am the fans of Lincoln, one of the greatest person who have ever lived. I received this book from the class instructor of HRD at Dale Carnegie training, cause I helped him as a class assistant. Reading this book, reminded us that even a great person was still human who had not only a power side but also the weak side, especially when dealing with Lincoln's soulmate. It gave me a better picture of Lincoln and why he became a great person. Thanks for Gebi who presented the book to me.
KOMET
This was one of the most revealing, and interesting books on Lincoln I've ever read. Considering the handicaps and setbacks he had to deal with, it is all the more remarkable that Lincoln was able to secure the Republican nomination for President in 1860, win the general election in November of that year, and shepherd the nation through a bloody civil war, and save the Union.

I enjoyed reading this book so much and recommend it to anyone who likes biographies.
Kate G
I received this during my Dale Carnegie Course and was not sure what to expect from a "free" book. I was surprisingly pleased with this book. A great quick read that is full of great insights and stories about the life of Lincoln. I enjoyed getting to know Lincoln beyond the basic facts. A great balance of detail without overwhelming the reader. Perfect read for someone who wanted to learn more about Lincoln in a short amount of time.
Ryan Hartberg
Not the most enthralling book I've ever read, and reads a little choppy (like a long list of bullet points), but as the title explains, this may be a book about Lincoln that shares some facts about Lincoln (including the people and situations around him) that may not be as well known. Apparently Carnegie did many years (maybe 10) of research before he wrote the book. Quick enough read that is didn't seem like a waste of time.
One
This book focuses on Lincoln's endurance, patience, and honesty. Despite his humble genealogy, Lincoln gained prominence through his love of learning. If it weren't for his nagging wife who was determined to make her husband the President, he probably would have remained a town lawyer. His tolerance for the most insulting cabinet members was amazing.
Phill Coxon
A surprisingly in-depth and detailed history of Abraham Lincoln's life - full of tragedy and astonishing accomplishment.

I was lucky enough to have one a copy of this book many years ago in a public speaking class. It now appears to be quite rare and often selling for over US$500. If you can find a copy it is very, very much worth reading.
Jeff
A good introduction to Lincoln, and more accessible than some of the much longer biographies -- it's relatively short and in some parts reads more like a novel than a biography, two points which are both a strength and a weakness. It's a good place to start, but to really know and understand Lincoln and his times, you'll need to go further
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