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The Life of Abraham Lincoln

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,297 ratings  ·  115 reviews
According to Wikipedia: "Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 â€" April 15, 1865) was the sixteenth President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1861 until his assassination. As an outspoken opponent of the expansion of slavery in the United States, Lincoln won the Republican Party nomination in 1860 and was elected president later that year. During his term, he hel ...more
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Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was written by Henry Ketcham in 1901, only 36 years after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. To put that in perspective, it is more recent to Ketcham than President Kennedy's assassination is to us, and Abraham's son Robert was still alive, as well as many other people who knew Abraham Lincoln firsthand. I think that gives Mr. Ketcham a distinct advantage over modern Lincoln biographers, not just from temporal proximity but also from a more accepted national feeling in 1901 of not sugar ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-written book of the life of one of the greatest men in American history. The author's style of writing gave you the feeling of personally knowing the man. Many of today's political leaders need to read the book and follow some of Lincoln's honest policies, integrity in handling difficult problems and a deep sense of caring for his fellow man. He put the good of the country before his own personal needs.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About a third of the way into this very positive look at the life of Abraham Lincoln it came to my attention that the book was written in 1901. that explained a lot. the style of writing was a bit different from what we see today and I have to say that the portrayal of Lincoln was EXTREMELY positive, to the point of sometimes being excessive. That said though, it was a nice look at our 16th president.

The book was a free download from Amazon for the Kindle so the price was right too.
Terry Kim
Abraham Lincoln is one of the greatest role models of my life. This man has taught me that you can be self-less yet become your truest self, you can be kind and yet be strong.

Lincoln's life appears to be tragedy after tragedy (death of his mother, death of his love, failure after failure of his campaigns), yet he perseveres strongly for his beliefs. This is a man who couldn't stand to see a single animal suffer, and was willing to die for his principles (abolish slavery) during the days when sl
John Martindale
According to Wikipeda Henry Ketcham fought in the civil war. I wanted to read a history of Lincoln by someone who experienced some of the events and knew Lincoln. Ketcham definitely allowed me to see the Northern Unionist perspective, one would think from reading this that the only reason the South left the union was because of slavery. One might also come away thinking the North was completely blameless before the war and that Lincoln was the Souths greatest friend if only they could have recog ...more
Jason Schneeberger
I had been wanting to read a book on Abraham Lincoln for quite a long time and after looking around and seeing how many of them are out there, I was dumbfounded at where to begin. Also, I will be visiting Abe's hometown of Springfield, Illinois soon and wanted to freshen up on his history.

When I found THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, I decided that it would be a good starting point for two reasons. First, because it was written in 1901, I figured it would be neat to read a book from closer to when
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In today's age of vitriolic politics, I found it heartening to read this audulatory biography of Abraham Lincoln. Although written over 100 years ago it was very readable. From the get-go Ketcham uses a well-chosen pallet of anecdotes to place the reader in the era of Lincoln's life. You know early on whether you'll enjoy this biography. It is a linear telling, in which Lincoln's upstanding character begins in his childhood and never waivers. Lincoln errs, of course, but in the context of his hu ...more
Ross Leavitt
The first time I read this book, I was enamored by this incredible man. The detailed portrait was painted by an author not far removed from Lincoln's life, and he goes to great pains to highlight his subject's honest character, the development of his moral values, his strong leadership, and the noble vision he had for his nation.

Then I learned that there were two sides in the War Between the States.

Early in my reinvestigation of that conflict, I revisited this book, wondering whether the pro-Li
Erez Davidi
This is a decent account of one of the most important US presidents, especially because it was published in 1901, a time when some people who actually knew Lincoln were alive. However, I have two reservations about this biography. The first is this biography is somewhat dull. Perhaps this is because the writing style was very different back then. Secondly, this not an objective biography by any measure. The author is clearly an admirer of Lincoln. Here is a short quotation to show illustrate how ...more
I've gotta thank another review on this site in regards to this book. He opened my eyes and made me realize there isn't much Abraham Lincoln in this book entitled "The Life of Abraham Lincoln." I love that it was written by a contemporary of that great president, but what you really get when you read this book is a history of the times in which Lincoln was alive. He was a minor character in this book. I don't feel that I got to know the man much at all and look forward to reading another biograp ...more
This is a great biography by a near contemporary of Lincoln (Ketcham met Lincoln twice). Ketcham's purpose is to give the reader a sense of what Lincoln was like as a person. The author impresses his own respect for the man on the reader. One is also given a glimpse into the life and times of America during Lincolns life. One comes away with a profound respect for the man, who looms larger than life.
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this on my Kindle - so it'll take a while. It's a good book so far - humanizes him! I've never been a history buff - so a lot of this book is news to me... Slow reading - not too much time, lately!I learned a lot about Lincoln, the Civil War & his generals... through the eyes of the author... I'm finally finished!
Well written, but tooooo much history for me. I just couldn't possibly finish.

I started reading this to check the accuracy of Abe...Vampire Hunter. It's spot on!

To bad I need more intertainment when I read. It would be good for me to learn something now and then.
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The type of biography I enjoy most. An open love letter to the man who did so much for the country. This should be required reading for Americans.
Seth Rodriguez
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abraham Lincoln was born in rural Kentucky in 1809, to parents of low social standing and little education. During his childhood and early youth, the family would move several times, first to Indiana and later to Illinois. Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks, died when Lincoln was still a boy, and the next year his father, Thomas remarried to Sarah Bush Johnston, who helped raise the young Lincoln.
Lincoln got his start in life after a pair of flatboat journeys to New Orleans. Soon afterward, he moved
Kalli Hofhines
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never been an avid reader of biographies, honestly I usually only get part way through before I get bored an move onto a different book, but this one was quite interesting. It not only gave some more background and context to Lincoln's personal life, as well as his professional but also did it in a way that as a reader I was able to connect to the infamous president a little. It brought him down from this renowned person in history to just a person who worked hard, was honest in all his doi ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Given that this book was written in 1901, many of those mentioned, including the author, were alive at that time and also had first-hand knowledge and possibly met and knew Lincoln personally. I especially enjoyed reading about the early years because it shows his character being developed. Also, with so much hatred directed at him from many including statements that he should be killed as well as several attempts made to do just that, I can’t help but see parallels to the fanatical hatred and s ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Life of Abraham Lincoln

This book took me awhile to read. It was written in 1901 only 36 years after Lincoln’s death. Nobody talks or writes like this author anymore, but I stuck with it and I’m glad I did. It was so interesting to read first hand accounts of Lincoln’s character and actions. Well worth the time it took to read.
Kristen Seaton
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Am amazing man

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know President Lincoln through Ketcham's intelligent, thoughtful style. The author does a good job of presenting Lincoln's many virtues while still showing his mistakes. Lincoln is a man to be studied and emulated, and this is a great pace to start.
Judy L Zippi
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a man........

I chose this rating because he was Abraham Lincoln! This is a must read, as ma y things of him I did know. In this world today to me, there is no one to compare. He was very deep. Some may consider not finishing the book. Not me. If only more were like him.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written book that was hard to put down. The book sheds a lot of light on his early years as a country lawyer and his political beginnings. It also gives the reader a real sense of the division and chaos the country was in during the war and even the several years leading up to it. The reader is guaranteed to have a renewed respect for Lincoln after reading this book.
Gail Burgess
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's interesting to get a slightly different slant on Lincoln's life and politics. This book isn't all worshipful of Lincoln, but it does see him as the best man for the times. I like reading about a politician for whom honesty is important. His attitude about slavery is better understood after reading this book.
Daniel Ross
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice read about a great man.

This was a great book to learn more about Abraham Lincoln. It was a bit slow and extremely repetitive. I won't read it again, but I'm glad I read it the first time. It seems very factual, but I don't know enough to verify its facts.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good overview of Lincoln from birth to death. Author did not go off on any tangents. This book is about Lincoln only. It was a good starter book on the life of Lincoln for me as I learned quite a few things about Lincoln I never knew.
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Interesting on fun facts about Abraham Lincoln. It gives a brief history of the before Abe life (of his father and mothers history), then discusses Abe's life and how some people label him one of the best presidents of the time period and why.
Warren Cardiff
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
History brought to life!

Great! History at its best! If you love history or Abraham Lincoln you’ll love this book! I loved this book!
Jay Carper
Otherwise known as "The Gospel of Abe." To be honest, I didn't get very far into this one. It seemed like more of an ode than a biography.
Mandy Debord
Inspiring American. How did he do it and not lose himself? Such a life, such sacrifice.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Lincoln has always been my favorite president so it made sense to read his biography. This was written in 1901 not too long after his presidency and death. Very informative, still my favorite
For my good reads report I read The Life of Abraham Lincoln. I thought it was an amazing book! It's definitely made for anyone that has interest in history. This vividly describes the life of Abraham Lincoln. The book kept me reading all the way until the end without getting bored, but that may be because I am interested in History. It's really interesting to read about the life of Abraham Lincoln and how everything happened.

The author's purpose was to inform all readers about the Life of Lincol
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