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message 1: by judy (new)

judy Yes, it's wonderful--probably her best. I also recommend her extraordinary No Ordinary Time--the only book I've come across that gives Eleanor and Franklin equal treatment. (most books are love him, hate her or vice versa). Also her first book on Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream is the most interesting treatise on getting and using power around. She was a White House fellow and LBJ chose her, unofficially, as his biographer. He made her follow him everywhere (don't want to think about that), sent for her whenever he had a thought and, basically took over her life. No one will ever have a more in depth study of this man. And no, I don't particularly like Robert Caro's version.


message 2: by Dana (new)

Dana Stabenow I sobbed, yes, actually sobbed when Abe died. In re Eleanor, did I make you read this, Eleanor And Harry: The Correspondence of Eleanor Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman (http://www.amazon.com/Eleanor-Harry-C...)? It's really good.


message 3: by judy (new)

judy Thanks! I'll go hunt it up. I'm kind of an FDR/ER junkie (partly because I wanted to find a balanced book) so I haven't done much with in depth on her after the WH years. BTW, DKG's baseball book is charming too and I hate sports.


Deanna Against Censorship I also loved this book. I recommend "My Thoughts Be Bloody" as also an excellent book. It is the story of the relationship between John Wilkes Booth and his brother, Edwin. JWB resented being in his brother's shadow. This contributed to his killing of Lincoln. I followed these books up with Manhunt. This is the story of Booth's flight and his pursuit.


message 5: by Eveningstar2 (new)

Eveningstar2 Just finished it today, and I'm depressed that Abe's gone. I know, weird right?

The country suffered for his loss. Perhaps his assassination had transformed him into a martyr, made him sacred in our eyes, but after reading this book, I have no doubts--none at all--that he would have done so much more good for our country than Johnson, and perhaps the ugly legacy of Reconstruction would never have existed, and the wounds of secession might have properly healed.

We will never know exactly what would have happened, had he lived.

But I would wager all the money in my pocket that the country--and the world--would have been a little brighter than otherwise.


message 6: by Dana (new)

Dana Stabenow Agreed.


Deanna Against Censorship This is an excellent book that reveals a Presidential Lincoln we do not always get. I am always recommending this book and have given it as gifts. Another great Lincoln related book is "My Thoughts be Bloody" by Nora Titone. A fascinating journey into the relationship of the Booth brothers.


message 8: by Jenny (new)

Jenny I completely had the same reaction to your June 17th comment: I felt like telling his friends to either go with him to the theater or to insist that he not go.

p.s. I believe you and my father know each other.


message 9: by Dana (new)

Dana Stabenow Are you Chuck's daughter? If so, say hi for me!


message 10: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Yep, that's me! Will do.


message 11: by Joy (new)

Joy I bought copies for myself and my sister. I am glad to see such a promising report of it.


message 12: by Pedro (new)

Pedro Pavon I postponed reading the last 100 pages for a year. I realized I wanted Lincoln to live! But you know the truth? He lives on! Listen to us!


message 13: by Dana (last edited Apr 05, 2014 03:31PM) (new)

Dana Stabenow [grin] You bet he does!


message 14: by Bob (new)

Bob Civil war


message 15: by Brenda (new)

Brenda I've just finished reading the book and it made a huge impression on me. I never understood the Civil War before reading this. Eveningstar2, I completely agree with your comment. I realized about halfway through the book that Lincoln's assassination doomed the Reconstruction. It took a person of his political genius and unparalled magnanimity of spirit to see that through. A tremendous loss to the country.


message 16: by Airman (new)

Airman Berryhill Good review. I've had a copy of this for about a couple years. I just finished Jim Marr`s, Crossfire, a great JFK book. Now I might pick this up soon. Thank you.


message 17: by Libby (new)

Libby Terrific review, Dana. I read this a few years ago, but it still haunts me.


message 18: by Karen (new)

Karen Great Review!


message 19: by Mach (new)

Mach Did anyone else's book have uneven pages with slight redish brown stains here and there? I just received my book today. I bought it used (hardback), and I noticed there are a few spots where there is a few lightly colored dots on the side on the pages. The overly anxious hypochondriac in me is freaking out thinking its blood. But I guess it could be just to make the book look weathered...?


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