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Abraham Lincoln: Great American Historians on Our Sixteenth President

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In a handsome, gift-quality volume celebrating the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, America's top Lincoln historians offer their diverse perspectives on the life and legacy of America's sixteenth president. Spanning Lincoln's life—from his early career as a Springfield lawyer, to his presidential reign during one of America's most troubled historical periods, to his a ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by PublicAffairs (first published October 22nd 2008)
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Karen
Nov 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I attended the 13th annual Lincoln Forum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in November this year (2008). Brian Lamb was one of the speakers. He was absolutely entertaining. He said he is not a Lincoln nut like the rest of us at the conference. However, who's the one who just published a big Lincoln book?

In addition to Brian Lamb, many of the Great American historians who appear in C-Span's Lincoln book were also at the Lincoln Forum, including Allen Guelzo, Harold Holzer, Edna Greene Medford, Gabor
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Cat
Mar 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: americanhistory
My in laws are huge c-span fans. (fact!) so i wasn't entirely surprised when they gave me this volume as a holiday present. Out of respect to their taste, I read the book, and I found it to be alot like CSPAN: not-ready-for-prime-time enthusiasm about the subject and a missionary/monkish pursuit of a diversity of source material.

This book is comprised of television transcripts that have been edited for printing. It's an interesting way to convey a alot of different opinions in a short number of
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Nathan Albright
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge2017
Before you read this book, you should be aware that this is not a book about Abraham Lincoln by historians, not all of whom are great (more on that later), but rather a book collected of excerpts, some of them exceedingly short, from people who are mostly known as writers of books about Abraham Lincoln, many of which I have read and reviewed [1]. To be sure, these people talk about Abraham Lincoln, but mostly as a way of burnishing their own reputation. Rather than being seen as historians, thes ...more
Kevin
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lincoln
This book attempts - and for the most part I believe it succeeds - to present a balance view of Lincoln by presenting positions by Lincoln detractors as well as Lincoln admires. I found the essays regarding Lincoln's character to be fairly consistent with each other. Both the detractors as well as the admires agreed that Lincoln was a genius when it came to oration, writing, convincing people to join his cause, and getting things done. They also agree that Lincoln lacked true belief in the Chris ...more
Ede
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Out of hundreds of books written on Lincoln I happened to buy this one and was in for a great disappointment. A book based on TV-series (prior to reading the book I had no idea what C-Span is) can never be a good thing but reading some of the "essays" by historians claiming "He was truly the best president" and then giving no further explanation is just a waste of time. There were actually just 2 interesting essays and the most valuable part of the book is probably "Part 5", the original texts b ...more
Kathryn
Feb 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. It is a collection interviews of historians, journalists, and writers about Abraham Lincoln. They were taken from C-SPAN's Booknotes interviews. I found the differing opinions and interpretations of Lincoln's history to be very interesting. All articles are short, but each written in the author's own style and highlighting what Lincoln information they were knowledgable and interested in.
Lanita
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was quite an interesting book about Abraham Lincoln. C-SPAN took all of their interviews with different authorites on Abe and converted them to essay form for this book. The result is a plethora of perspectives on Abraham, the civil war, and society in general during that time period. I loved it.
Emma
Dec 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Mixed bag of essays/interview transcripts. Some good Lincoln anecdotes and some unusual alternative viewpoints. However, the format meant a lot of material was repeated and some of the interview transcripts would have benefited from tighter editing. Perhaps more of a boomtown dip into than read cover to cover?
Matt
Dec 28, 2009 rated it liked it
The great thing about this book is that you get exposure to a wide variety of divergent views on Lincoln. There are dozens of Lincoln scholars who contributed, and they cover topics you won't see mentioned in a typical biography - Lincolniana, historiographical topics, etc. I would recommend this to someone who has already read one or two Lincoln biographies, as a way to rounding out the picture.
Karen
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A C-Span book that is most excellent! This book contains a wide variety of views on Lincoln. Providing a complete understanding of Lincoln, the state of the union at the time and the Civil War. If you love history this book is for you.
Scott Archer
Oct 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies
Listened to the audio version, which is a bargain at $6 and offers fine narration and interesting material.
Brent
Dec 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Good enough...
Bill
Dec 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Like having tivo'd all the good C-SPAN discussions with Lincoln authors. Nice resource.
Honor Kennedy
Oct 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Compilation of essays and opinions of various historians on key parts of Lincoln's life and legacy. Edited by C-SPAN news, well done.
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