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I read this book for a summer graduate project, and though some sessions with it seemed disorganized and endlessly droning, this is a genuinely interesting book. The poetry in it ranges from slams against Steven Douglas written on the campaign trail to post-assassination meditations by Walt Whitman, meaning that it's nearly impossible to guess what's coming next. Plus, the material about Lincoln's campaign and pre-Civil War incidents in his presidency is fascinating and, in many cases, genuinely ...more