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The Lincoln Enigma: The Changing Faces of an American Icon

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In The Lincoln Enigma, Gabor Boritt invites renowned Lincoln scholars, and rising new voices, to take a look at much-debated aspects of Lincoln's life--including his possible gay relationships, his plan to send blacks back to Africa, and his high-handed treatment of the Constitution. Boritt explores Lincoln's proposals that looked to a lily-white America. Jean Baker marvel ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 28th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2001)
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Leslie
Feb 18, 2013 Leslie rated it really liked it
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The Lincoln Enigma is a fascinating collection of essays about various aspects of Lincoln's life and personality, from what he was like as a young man to his marriage, views of the relationship between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and his preoccupation with death. The book also contains a long section examining various depictions of our most beloved President in popular culture, from painting and poster stamps to sculpture and film.
Socraticgadfly
Dec 11, 2012 Socraticgadfly rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, biography
Too short!

What were Lincoln's views on death, afterlife and religion? Did he really have a loveless marriage? Would things have been different if he and Jeff Davis had swapped places?

Speculative thought, and some answers, are to be found in this new volume, along with a wealth of perspective of Lincoln in artwork.

The reason I only four-starred this book is that the body copy of text, before the artwork appendices, is only about 160 pages. This book could have used at least 50, if not 100, pages
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K C
Sep 05, 2011 K C rated it it was ok
Interesting essays, but probably wouldn't have bothered reading it if it hadn't been given to me. Oddly for a history book, it seems a bit dated with all the references to "turn of the millennium." (It was published in 2001).
Iman
Aug 13, 2014 Iman rated it liked it
Pretty interesting read. It's laid out nicely if you wanted to pick a chapter and read more on that area. The authors take different pieces of the life, the myth, and look more in depth. The chapters on his military fantasies, marriage, and Lincoln in art were the best.
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Gabor S. Boritt was the Robert Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.
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