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Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #203)

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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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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
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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