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William H. Herndon aspired to write a faithful portrait of his friend and law partner, Abraham Lincoln, based on his own observations and on hundreds of letters and interviews he had compiled for the purpose. Even more importantly, he was determined to present Lincoln as a man, rather than a saint, and to reveal things that the prevailing Victorian conventions said should ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published September 14th 2006 by University of Illinois Press
(first published August 21st 1983)
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This is an extraordinary book, for several reasons. First, William H. Herndon was Abraham Lincoln’s law partner for sixteen years prior to Lincoln becoming President. Second, because Herndon spent several years after Lincoln’s assassination writing to and interviewing scores of people that knew Lincoln during his life and career up to the presidency. Third, because editors Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis have done an extraordinary job digging into Herndon and Weik’s original letters and ...more
Jun 16, 2016 Georgia Butler rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Herndon's biography of Lincoln is a personal tribute to his friend and law partner. Herndon creates a living person, someone we learn to know and deeply respect. Though I've read other biographies of our 16th president, I've never known Abraham Lincoln as I do now--as a man above men, a man larger than life and the society within which he lived. Herndon portrays Lincoln both as a legendary and human figure, but I now perceive him as one of greatest leaders in human history.
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Herndon's general tone is suspect. Either he or a ghost writer added some controversy to boost sales. But at heart, the book is has more than its share of personal anecdotes that only Herndon could share. He spent as much time with Abe as anybody except Mary, and his admiration and respect can't be obscured.
I alternated between really enjoying this book to feeling bogged down in some of the minute detail....especially that which related to court cases. fun to read some of the behind the scenes scoop on Abe and Mary though. overall I'd say if you are a Lincoln buff it's a must read to help you fill in the gaps.
Nov 28, 2016 Susan Jordan rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Every Abraham Lincoln admirer should read this. It tells the good and the bad, and he still comes out as a great man. Written by the person closest to him for most of his adult life aside from his wife.
Aug 07, 2010 BJ Rose rated it really liked it
A very interesting book about Abraham Lincoln written by his law partner. I enjoyed hearing directly from one of Lincoln's contemporaries, and further enjoyed reading the letters written to and by Lincoln.