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Lincoln the Unknown

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,144 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
Book by Carnegie, Dale
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Buccaneer Books (first published 1932)
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Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book truly is a testament to old-style writing, hard work, exceptional research, and a smooth writing style. While some might find the book too short, lacking in detail, or difficult to read because of the 1930's writing, I found the book enrapturing, well-researched, interesting, and a quick, enthralling read. The author knew his facts nearly impeccably, and he wrote a very informative story. For anyone interested in the life of Abraham Lincoln, this will provide you with an excellent sket ...more
Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book. It reminded men that even great men (or women) are simply that men (or women). They were once children, they have experienced heartbreak and failure.

What I loved most about this book was the story of Lincoln as a person. He was generous, kind, funny, patient, a man of common sense and a man that felt deep sorrow and unhappiness.

Some excerpts from the book:

(p22)For years, there in Indiana, Abraham Lincoln endured more terrible poverty that did thousands of teh salves
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Having read Doris Kearns Goodwin's excellently meticulous and scholarly "Team of Rivals," I was a little cautious approaching this more anecdotal, un-scholarly work by Carnegie. But this book delivers an intriguing look at the man behind the politics, and covers more about Lincoln's childhood (I had no idea how abysmally poor he was) and younger years. This book dates from 1932, and much of the writing style and personal expression of the author also come from this time period (and are thus a bi ...more
Joel Manuel
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great introductory volume on Lincoln.
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Derrick Isaacson
Aug 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Dale Carnegie illustrates Lincoln through stories and a thoughtful narration. It is an eye-opening tale of how Abraham Lincoln's experiences built the character he would later need to save the Union. Carnegie paints in the reader's mind a picture of a man whose strength comes from his unending meekness, humility, and integrity.

Lincoln the Unknown makes itself easily accessible to any reader. Its focus on the person over dates and details moves the reader quickly and easily though Lincoln's life.
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really good history of Lincoln and who he was. This book was written in 1932, so the author was able to talk to people who knew people who knew Lincoln. More a study of how his character was formed and the person who he was. What a difference between who Lincoln was before his presidency and current politics. Even at the time he was not a person who was viewed favorably by the political elite. However, he was so steadfastly true to his beliefs that he became a man highly respected, even by his c ...more
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most revealing, and interesting books on Lincoln I've ever read. Considering the handicaps and setbacks he had to deal with, it is all the more remarkable that Lincoln was able to secure the Republican nomination for President in 1860, win the general election in November of that year, and shepherd the nation through a bloody civil war, and save the Union.

I enjoyed reading this book so much and recommend it to anyone who likes biographies.
Rawda Hejazy
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Carnegie does an excellent job portraying who Lincoln was from childhood to adult to Presidency. I was amazed, entertained, and captivated by this Carnegie masterpiece. Lincoln truly was "A man of sorrows". Great book.
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
GREAT, interesting biography on Lincoln. Reads like a novel but is so very informative about the life and struggles of our 16th president. Obviously the author takes some liberties, but overall I felt it was an honest portrayal. It's hard to get your hands on a copy of this--but well worth it!
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like reading this book. It's not about leader but about man of family. It's the unknown part of Lincoln. Really great to have a chance of reading it.
Jun 07, 2014 added it
I wanted to read this book for awhile. Received book as an award in my Dale Carnegie class. It provides a lot of interesting, little known information on Lincoln.
Barbara Radisavljevic
I have read many Lincoln biographies, but most I read years ago. This not only served as a review, but also gave me a new perspective on Lincoln's life and personality. It reads like a novel and goes beyond Lincoln's life to tell what become of Booth, his assassin, and also of the plot to rob Lincoln's grave by a group of counterfeiters.

Without going into details, what most amazed me after reading this book was that the Union won the Civil War. A good part of this book was about the war and the
Nick Mattar
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Despite Lincoln being one of the most well-known presidents with dozens of volumes of literature cataloguing his life, this biography is brief and hits on all major points. It is one of the most thoroughly-researched yet succinct works of non-fiction I have ever read and strongly recommend it for anybody wanting to learn more about Lincoln and his life.

Thor Olafsson
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The title delivers, because the book provides an unconventional angle on the man behind the myth. The normal every day man who persisted on making something of himself and on doing the right thing.

"God must love the common man because he sure made a lot of them" a quote where you realize he sees himself as a very common man.

A humbling read....
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the book for Lincoln lovers. I am having trouble forming a cohesive review because I devoured this book. It was such a good, intimate look into Lincoln's life and strife. I highly recommend it to anyone.
Jim Parker
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sympathetic, easily-assimilated overview of America's greatest president. Carnegie introduces little-known background details from Lincoln's life that serve to make his achievements—as a man and as our 16th president—even more towering and dramatic.
Bell Garden
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the main reasons why I adore and respect Ape Lincoln so bad.
Aman Mittal
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I read this book last week when I was in that desperate mood to read about someone extraordinary. And whatever I have heard about Abraham Lincoln before, it did motivate me to pick him up. Thus, I found this book written by Dale Carnegie called Lincoln The Unknown. In past, I have read about Carnegie's obsession with Abe Lincoln and I thought his written words on his favorite personality might satisfy my desperation.
To some extent, it did. I started this book expecting more about Lincoln's child
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is pretty amazing. Dale Carnegie's forte is writing non-fiction with a novel-like flare. And my admiration for Abraham Lincoln as a human being (who shared the same birthday as Charles Darwin... so maybe it was written in the stars) has increased beyond idealisation.
My only beef with Carnegie, was his complete villianisation of Mrs Lincoln. I understand that she wasn't the most pleasant person,and that she brought Lincoln more grief than joy - but he stood her up on their wedding day i
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Dale Carnegie brings life to historical figures in his book "Lincoln the Unknown". Lincoln was truly an interesting man who provides for inspiration to be a better person. He cared greatly for humankind and cared little for others' opinions on his personal appearance. His thirst for knowledge helped him overcome the lack of certain privileges that many of us take for granted in these days such as public education. Dale Carnegie provides more of an insight on the great Abraham Lincoln and creates ...more
Conrad Wesselhoeft
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dale Carnegie was a pioneer in the field of motivational speaking and writing. (His landmark "How to Win Friends and Influence People" has sold more than fifteen million copies, according to Goodreads.)

Yet he was a compelling biographer as well, as this book proves.

Carnegie reminds us that darkness--or depression--was Lincoln's too-frequent companion, humor his life-affirming friend, and justice his indelible mark of character. He was a gentle dreamer, a deep romantic, and a pragmatist all roll
Peter Pactor
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to read something about Lincoln every couple of months. I have read this book at least a half dozen times, and it is still a superb read. I never tire of it. Sixty years I have been searching for Lincoln: I've been to Springfield, IL, southern Indiana, where he grew up, and to his birth place in Kentucky. Needless to say, I am a huge Lincoln fan. He's my hero.

From the time he was born until his assassination he led a life of constant struggle and despondency, and yet he kept going. Mr. Ca
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those looking for the meaning of life
Recommended to Maggie by: My dear husband
Shelves: historical-fact
First published in 1932 this book does not date. Emerging from abject poverty and by way of self education and a thirst for knowledge, Lincoln rose to become one of the greatest president’s of North America. This is a book I will always keep and read from time to time to remind myself that nothing is impossible. More than that, the humbleness of this great man is a lesson in itself. He was married to a shrew, his cabinet Ministers did not respect him and he battled and fought with the “black dog ...more
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it
began book with lot of expectation and excitement, specially just finishing Team of Rivals. I was curious to know How Lincoln was during his early times as youth. It would be wrong to say the book did not cover Linocoln's childhood and adolescent. It does provides some interesting insights into Lincoln as a human being, no different than any body else. Book descries in sufficient detail his tough upbringing, failed love life and troubles marriage, suffering was his ally since childhood but despi ...more
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Wouldn't highly recommend this book to those looking to read a historically focused book on Lincoln. Too much focus was put on Mary Todd Lincoln and her "insane" tendencies. Carnegie seemed to be interested in elevating Lincoln to sainthood status as he stressed Lincoln's ability to put up with Mary Todd. If anything, the book offers an inspiring glimpse into Lincoln's life. I felt I was reading a book length editorial, as Carnegie continued to offer his own perspective on Lincoln and those who ...more
Oliver Manalese
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had a vague interest in Abraham Lincoln's story as there were only few details about his life, his presidency, his assassination and his emancipation of slavery declaration. What appealed to me about Carnegie's story telling was how much he highlighted the human side of this immortal historical figure. The very humble beginnings where Lincon endured through such horrible poverty growing up and the countless failures that he encountered through his life. I found myself unable to put the book do ...more
Brenda Humphreys
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read this book because dale Carnegie wrote it, and I liked all his other books. Lincoln is also known for being a great leader so I wanted to know more about him. Dale Carnegie was able to talk to people who knew Lincoln and he read writings directly from people who were close associates to Lincoln. With all this, I trusted that this would give the true character of Lincoln. The book was interesting from beginning to end.

This is the first book that I read about Lincoln. I now want t
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Although I enjoyed this book very much and learned a great deal about Abraham Lincoln, I wasn't entirely thrilled with the author's perspective. The book might have been called "Mary Todd; the Shrew," as it was as much about her influence on Lincoln as it was about Lincoln. I realize that the author was trying to emphasize Lincoln's long suffering nature, but his point was a little over stated. He often speculated about what Lincoln "probably thought." This rubbed me a little raw as it distorts ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, politics
Lincoln the Unknown
An excellent biography of an extraordinary man, this book kept me captivated for days. I enjoyed it so much that I have have memorized most of it in just one read. Although I am a non-American, I have developed tremendous respect for Abraham Lincoln and his noble deeds for his country. His oratory was splendid and can be read over and over again. The depths of his words come from the deep melancholy that he carried in his heart.I will recommend this book to all! (and I am goi
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