Top 10 Books on Abraham Lincoln

 

Abraham Lincoln (12 February 1809 – 14 April 1865) was the sixteenth president of the United States and is considered one of the greatest heroes of the United States for his role as the savior of the Union and emancipator of slaves. His ascent from humble beginnings to the highest office in the world is an extraordinary story. He was suddenly and tragically killed at a time when his country needed him to complete the great task that had been left to the nation. His eloquence of democracy and the insistence that the Union should be worth saving embodies the ideals of self-government that all nations strive to achieve. The distinctly human and human personality of Lincoln and his incredible impact on the nation have given him a lasting legacy.

 

Lincoln

A masterpiece of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Herbert Donald, Lincoln is an impressive portrait of the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Donald goes beyond the biography, illuminating the gradual development of the character of Lincoln, telling of his tremendous capacity for evolution and growth, illustrating what has made it possible for such an inexperienced and unprepared man to become a great moral leader. In the most troubled moments, here is a man who brought the country out of slavery and kept a shattered Union; In short, one of the biggest presidents that this country has ever seen.

Read it For:
The biography is enriched by the availability since 1947 of the documents of Abraham Lincoln, which until now were not available since they were sealed in 1890. The author uses, as far as possible, the primary sources and freely uses the words of Lincoln.
Don't Read it For:
This book was slow going.
What makes this book stand out?:
Donald brilliantly represents the gradual rise of Lincoln from humble beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever-expanding political circles of Illinois and finally to the presidency of a country divided by civil war.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Moonlight falls through the thick forests that surround the cabin of a room, where a rookie Abraham Lincoln kneels by the bed of his suffering mother. She was hit by something that veterans call "Milk Disease." "My baby ..." he whispers before dying. Only later, the afflicted Abe will realize that his mother's deadly illness was actually the work of a vampire. When the truth is released to the young Lincoln, he writes in his diary, "from now on my life will be a rigorous study and devotion, become a master of the mind and body and this command will have only one purpose. . "Offering his legendary stature, strength and skill with an ax, Abe embarks on a path of revenge that will take him to the White House. While Abraham Lincoln is widely praised for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his brave fight against undead forces has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled across the secret diary of Abraham Lincoln and became the first person alive to see him in more than 140 years. Using the diary as a guide and writing in the biography style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed for the first time the true story of the life of our greatest president, revealing all the hidden history behind the Civil War and the discovery Vampires played in the birth, growth and near death of our nation.

Read it For:
Fans of horror may enjoy this creative re-mix of history
Don't Read it For:
This book is about vampires and it may not suitable for non-thrill lover.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book was brilliant, it's a nice mix of history and fiction. After reading the book, one could go in and out of history and fantasy.

Lincoln (Narratives of Empire #2)

Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series covers the history of the United States from the revolution to the post-World War II years. With his extensive canvas and the great cast of historical and imaginary characters, the novels in this series present a panorama of the American political and imperial experience interpreted by one of his most mundane, conscious and ironic observers. For most Americans, Abraham Lincoln is a monolithic figure, the great emancipator and savior of the Union, loved by all. In Lincoln de Gore Vidal we find Lincoln the man and Lincoln the political animal, the president who entered a besieged capital where the majority of the population supported the south and where even those who favoured the Union had serious doubts about the fact of that the Illinois man could save him. Far from being resolute in his aversion to slavery, Lincoln is anguished by the best course of action and comes to his great decision only when everything else seems to fail. While the Civil War ravages his nation, Lincoln faces deep personal confusion, the loss of his most beloved son and the harangue of a wife seen as a traitor to his Southern relations. Created brilliantly, brilliantly executed, Gore Vidal Lincoln allows humans to breathe again.

Read it For:
A masterful work, very fun and thorough. It a historical fiction which is very interesting.
Don't Read it For:
This is not the easy book to read. It is thick, large and dense. But it's worth reading if you have any interest in the American Civil War or President Lincoln.
What makes this book stand out?:
It's a political thriller and, in general, a book that never crumbles.

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer

A fascinating story of murders, intrigues and betrayals. An exciting report hour by hour told through the eyes of hunters and hunters, this is history because you've never read it before. The assassination of Abraham Lincoln triggered the greatest human hunt in the history of the United States: the persecution and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led the Union's cavalry and investigators in a savage twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, DC, through the Maryland swamps and through the forests of Virginia. , while the nation still wavered from the civil war just ended, observed with horror and sadness. At the heart of this story is John Wilkes Booth, the infamous villain of the United States. A confederate sympathizer and member of a famous family of actors, Booth threw his fame and wealth to have the opportunity to avenge the defeat of the South. For almost two weeks he confused the hunters of men, escaping each of his movements and denying them the justice they sought. Based on rare archival materials, darkness proof transcripts and Lincoln's blood relics, Manhunt is a fully documented work, but it's also a fascinating story of murder, intrigue and betrayal. An exciting report hour by hour told through the eyes of hunters and hunters, this is history because you've never read it before.

Read it For:
It a is very fantastic tale of murder. It makes the reader to involve in the assassination of Lincoln
Don't Read it For:
At sone point of time this book is tedious and boring.
What makes this book stand out?:
A fascinating story of murders, intrigues and betrayals. A spooky story told through the eyes of hunters and hunters, this is the story you've never read before.
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Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America

In a masterly work, Garry Wills shows how Lincoln approached the Declaration of Independence to write the greatest speech in the nation's history.

Read it For:
It is elegantly written, well argued, well documented and full of information and information.
Don't Read it For:
This is very detailed and analytical book. It requires more attention to read.
What makes this book stand out?:
this book has won the Pulitzer prize.

Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

Modelling the deep depression that permeates the adult life of Lincoln, Joshua's Lincoln Melancholy Wolf Shenk reveals how this illness has influenced both the character of the president and his leadership. Lincoln created a difficult path to mental health since he was a young man. Shenk relies on historical documents, interviews with Lincoln scholars and contemporary research on depression to understand the nature of his unhappiness. In the process, he discovers that the president's confrontational strategies - including a rich sense of humor and a tendency to silent reflection - have finally helped him to lead the nation through its greatest turmoil.

Read it For:
One of the most insightful books which is the combination of two subjects: Abraham Lincoln and psychology.
Don't Read it For:
The one with not interested in psychology will find it boring.
What makes this book stand out?:
A thoughtful, nuanced portrait of Abraham Lincoln that finds his legendary political strengths rooted in his most personal struggles.

The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage

The first full-length portrait of the marriage of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln in more than fifty years, The Lincolns is a fascinating new work in the American history of Daniel Mark Epstein, an award-winning biographer and poet known for his passionate understanding of the the civil war.

Read it For:
it is fascinating, well written and insightful interesting book.
Don't Read it For:
This book might depress someone because of the constant emotional trauma, illness and death that Lincoln faced.
What makes this book stand out?:
Written with a large crack and impressive images, The Lincolns is an unforgettable epic set in a crucial US administration. It is also a harrowing story of how time and adversity can change people and how power corrupts not only the moral but also the one that affects. Daniel Mark Epstein's The Lincolns makes two American figures immortal, as real and human as the rest of us.

Abraham Lincoln

The United States was at a crossroads in 1939 when they discussed whether to join the allies in their battle against Hitler's incessant march across Europe. As European immigrants, the d'Aulaires enthusiastically felt the importance of opposing injustice, and saw to Lincoln the archetype of the American hero who was against the injustice of slavery. It was this spirit that they hoped to exemplify in his biography of young Abe as he grew into adulthood in the wilderness of Kentucky, the deep forests of Indiana and the Illinois meadows. Camping for weeks in the country of Lincoln, the d'Aulaires absorbed the spirit of the Lincoln man, as well as his humor and goodwill. From his days as an employee, teaching law reading Blackstone, practicing law in Springfield, running unsuccessfully for a position, discussing with Stephen Douglas on the subject of slavery and eventually becoming president of the United States, d'Aulaire wrote and wonderfully illustrated life of one of the most important citizens of the United States. This book was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1940.

Read it For:
The book comes with so many pictures of Lincoln life, that is become so fascinated by readers.
Don't Read it For:
This book is not suitable for modern reader. It doesn’t contain some important source like major people in Lincoln’s life.
What makes this book stand out?:
This Caldecott winner is a biography for young children. There is a good amount of text, but also many detailed illustrations. Follow Lincoln from his birth until the end of the Civil War, even if he does not mention his murder.

A.Lincoln

Through a meticulous search for the new Lincoln legal documents, as well as the recently discovered letters and photographs, White provides a portrait of Lincoln's personal, political, and moral evolution. The white shows us Lincoln as a man who would leave a trail of thoughts in his wake, announcing ideas on pieces of paper and filing them in his top hat or in the drawer at the bottom of his desk; a country lawyer who asked questions to understand his way of thinking about a problem, as well as to argue the case; a commander in chief who, while soldiers and sailors stared in amazement, seized a boat and ordered an attack on the batteries of the Confederate coast at the tip of the peninsula of Virginia; a man who fought with the immorality of slavery and as a president acted publicly and privately to outlaw him forever; and finally, a president involved in a religious odyssey that wrote, only for his eyes, a profound meditation on the "will of God" in the Civil War that would become the basis of his best address.

Read it For:
An excellent biography in a volume of Lincoln, written in a clear and elegant style and focused on the essentials. Blanco is particularly good at Lincoln the writer.
Don't Read it For:
This book fails as a serious historical analysis. Unfortunately for White he also fails as a narrative story, and as hagiography - difficult as a proof.
What makes this book stand out?:
A transcendent, overwhelming and passionately written biography that greatly expands our knowledge and understanding of the subject, A. Lincoln will involve a whole new generation of Americans. He is about to shed a light on our greatest president just as the United States commemorates the bicentennial of his birth

Stealing Lincoln’s Body

In an animated and dramatic narrative, Thomas J. Craughwell returns to this strange, largely forgotten event, with the first book to identify the theft of tombs in a historical context. It leads us through the planning and execution of the crime and the result of the investigation. Describes the reactions of Mary Todd Lincoln and Robert Todd Lincoln to the theft and the particular silence of the nation. It follows the unlikely story of what happened to the remains of Lincoln after the attempted theft and details the plan devised by Lincoln's Guard of Honor to avoid such an abominable act.

Read it For:
Mesmerizing. Craughwell has done a meticulous job, and the facts and connections are all there, and his writing style uses some pleasant twists of the Victorianesque phrase.
Don't Read it For:
For such a strange story, the narrative was not so interesting.
What makes this book stand out?:
Craughwell's chronicle of Lincoln's attempt to steal the body begins the night of Lincoln's assassination and provides a detailed account of everything that has happened there.

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