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One Man Great Enough

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
How did Abraham Lincoln, long held as a paragon of presidential bravery and principled politics, find his way to the White House? How did he become thisone man great enoughto risk the fate of the nation on the well-worn but cast-off notion that all men are created equal?

Here award-winning historian John C. Waugh takes us on Lincoln’s road to the Civil War. From Lincoln's f
Paperback, 496 pages
Published February 13th 2009 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Dan Ward
Aug 12, 2014 Dan Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastically written biography of Abraham Lincoln's life up until the time he became the President. It is one of the most interesting, well written and easily followed biographies that I have read. There are not endless chapters spent on extraneous details that don't really need to be told and the cast of characters is kept small and relevant in scope. Waugh does a great job of fitting the story of Lincoln around the political rivalry between the future president and Stephen Douglas. ...more
Sep 08, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very thorough tale of Abraham Lincoln from birth to inauguration. (You will need to find another title to complete Mr. Lincoln's life.) I was surprised to learn that, although political minded from a young age, Mr. Lincoln served only 1 term in the House of Representatives prior to his election to the presidency and that term occurred many years prior to his election, rather dissimiliar to what generally happens now. It was interesting to see how highly entangled the nations' politics had alre ...more
Feb 03, 2008 jillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, history
This is the biography of Lincoln from his birth on the then-frontier, to his arrival in the White House on the eve of the Civil War. This book, for being as educational as it was, had a great narrative, and a wonderful story that was told as much in Lincoln's own words as it was the author's. It is also a marvelous tutorial on American history west of the Appalachians in this period, telling the story of the rise of Illinois as a state, as well as its most prominent citizen. "One Man Great Enoug ...more
Sam Motes
May 15, 2015 Sam Motes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The rise from obscurity to grabbing the reigns of power as Sumter is ready to explode is the time frame covered in this book.
Feb 03, 2010 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a man is truly great he stands out in history. When he stands out in history he draws the attention of historians and authors. When the man is Abe Lincoln, he seems to draw the attention of every historian and author. In a sea of pages written about this great man, Waugh does an exceptional work of bringing him to life and offering glimpses of him you have not seen before.
Jun 28, 2008 AndreaZ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading McCoullough's stellar biography of Adams, I was quite disappointed in One Man Great Enough. While both books integrate excerpts that from letters and diaries, in this book they aren't well-integrated and the surrounding text doesn't run very deep. I kept thinking, "And so? What happened next?"
Alina Tolbert
Jul 19, 2012 Alina Tolbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learning about Abraham Lincoln was amazing. I had no idea he was such a great stump speak, Whig, how he got into the Republican Party, etc. I wish I had been able to hear some of the funny stories he was always telling and know more about his wife and kids. A great introduction for me.
Aug 11, 2013 Don rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a nice, fairly short biography that goes through Lincoln's election as president. It's pretty familiar ground with some parts particularly well told. I liked the detailed description of Lincoln's arrival in New York for his Cooper Union speech.
May 09, 2009 Judy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
unfortunately the cd's were not good and I couldn't listen to all of it. Interesting to see parallels to modern politics.
Dec 21, 2008 Gabriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
so far, so good.
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I'm a journalist turned historical reporter:

1956–1973, staff correspondent and bureau chief on The Christian Science Monitor. Honors included the American Bar Association’s 1972 Silver Gavel Award for the best national reporting, for a series on American prisons.
1973–1976, media specialist on the staff of Republican Vice President Nelson Rockefeller of New York.
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