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Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated with Our Greatest President

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In the more than 140 years since his death, Abraham Lincoln has become America's most revered president. The mythmaking about this self-made man began early, some of it starting during his campaign for the presidency in 1860. As an American icon, Lincoln has been the subject of speculation and inquiry as authors and researchers have examined every aspect -- personal and pr ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published October 12th 2007 by University Press of Kentucky (first published January 1st 2007)
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"Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes and Confabulations Associated With Our Greatest President" by Edward Steer Jr. is an excellent addition to any historian's collection of Civil War-related tomes and yet, at the same time, it is easily accessible by non-Lincoln scholars as well.

The sections deal with many different myths and hoaxes that seem to surround our 16th President. The book begins with the fraud that is the Lincoln cabin, the "alleged" birthplace of the President. Its legitimacy is called
Well nothing new in the book that I had not read before. Not sure what the aim of the author was.

Reminded me of some information that - over time - I had forgotten.

Perhaps the most telling chapter was 11 about Dr. Mudd - have read a good deal about Dr. Mudd and his role in JWB's escape. Mudd's essential defense was that he did not know that it was Booth that he treated that night. Far, far too much hard evidence to support that. He did - indeed - know who he was treating and had a rather long re
An interesting collection of historical snippets about Lincoln; I agree with another reviewer who noted that the book is a much more well-researched (and properly cited) work that the artwork on the cover would indicate. Academic but not dryly so, Steers provides convincing evidence regarding the truth about a number of misconceptions we've grown up believing about our (arguably) most famous president.
Jun 12, 2008 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History and Lincoln buffs
How can a book be so interesting and so dry at the same time? History lovers would probably disagree with me (I'm one of those who likes the action moments, but start getting into dates and where someone was born and my mind starts wandering). At any rate, I did like it, and I honestly didn't know there were so many myths and fables surrounding our sixteenth president. I guess I'm not in the history rumor circles. ;-)
Diane Lybbert
Excellent book - thoroughly researched. Steers, the author of several books on Lincoln, takes on some myths and conspiracy theories which have revolved around Lincoln since his assassination. Was Lincoln baptized? Was he gay? Was his cabinet part of the plot to have him killed? Who held Booth's horse outside the theater? The book is easy to read, and fascinating. Highly recommend this book.
Keith Parrish
A lot more scholarly than the title and cover would suggest (which to me is a good thing). Steers debunks a number of myths about Lincoln including some I wasn't even aware of (Headline - LINCOLN WAS NOT GAY!!!). Enjoyable for those who don't put credence in conspiracy theories (my hand goes up) and probably pisses off those who do, which makes it all the more enjoyable
This book looks at the various myths that have appeared over the years about the life and death of Abraham Lincoln. The author uses each chapter to present, then debunk, each story. Among these are the involvement of Edwin Stanton in Lincoln’s assassination, the sexual orientation of Lincoln, and the identity of Lincoln’s father. Very thorough book!
An average book on Lincoln, I felt it dwelled to much on other sources and he made in so glaringly obvious it detracted from the rest of the book. Read Lincoln's Meloncholy if you want in intersting read.
Michael Miller
Interesting information, but it has the same problem a lot of history books have: poor writing. As an English person, that bugs me to death.
I really like reading about Lincoln, however this book is basicly a rehash of materials. There are afew surprises, but nothing earthshattering
Kit Fox
So Lincoln being gay was just a myth? Dang.
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