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Lincoln by Fred Kaplan
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Jul 30, 2009

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Kaplan examines Lincoln's life through his reading and writing, showing which authors influenced Lincoln the most and how his own thinking evolved over time.

As history, it's a little shaky -- Kaplan spends a lot of time asserting that Lincoln must have thought this or felt that, and I don't see anything backing him up. On the other hand, he does a good job highlighting how the early Republican party and Lincoln's rise to the presidency were driven by ideas and the thoughtful expression of those ideas.

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