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Beneath the surface of the apparently untutored and deceptively frank Abraham Lincoln ran private tunnels of self-taught study, a restless philosophical curiosity, and a profound grasp of the fundamentals of democracy. Now, in Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction, the award-winning Lincoln authority Allen C. Guelzo offers a penetrating look into the mind of one of our greate ...more
Paperback, 147 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 30th 2008)
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Mar 16, 2014 John-Paul rated it really liked it
Like, it seems, many people, I saw Spielberg's "Lincoln" and realized that I've never read a Lincoln biography. I know a lot of people who know a lot about Lincoln, and I know some things about him, but I could know a lot more.

For the past year, David Herbert Donald's "Lincoln" has been on my nightstand. I've read about half of it. I find that I keep reading something else instead of it. And that when I do read it, I don't get much out of it. It's impeccably researched and detailed, but I retain
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Oct 09, 2015 Jacob Lines rated it really liked it
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I have read a lot of books about Lincoln. He is a person that deserves to have books written about him. This was a great book. Because it is so short, I only learned a few new things about him. But the real virtue of the book comes from being short. Guelzo had to boil Lincoln down to his essence, so I feel like I got to know Lincoln better from this book, as a president and as a person. The brilliance of the book is shown in these brilliant concluding paragraphs:

For Lincoln had, by a long and ba
Dec 19, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it
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If you are looking for a good but short (as the series name implies) introduction to Lincoln the book does an excellent job at that. It manages to tackle Lincoln in a condensed way that it gives you a good look into what Lincoln was like. Without getting overburdened by the Civil War and the myth making that over the years have started to surround Lincoln.
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Feb 02, 2016 Daniel Wright rated it really liked it
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Chapter 2: Advancement
Chapter 3: Law
Chapter 4: Liberty
Chapter 5: Debate
Chapter 6: Emancipation
Chapter 7: Reunion
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Allen Carl Guelzo (born 1953) is the Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College, where he serves as Director of the Civil War Era Studies Program.
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