" ... the stories of lover, husband, father, humorist, lawyer, public speaker, politician and statesman tell us as much about the construction of myth and legend as they do about Lincoln. Failures of memory and event distortions abound. But there are also rich nuggets of historical evidence, notably an extended interview with Robert Hitt, Lincoln's stenographer in the senatorial election campaign of 1858." --TLS, July 30, 1999
About the Author
Walter B. Stevens (1848–1939) joined the St. Louis Globe-Democrat in 1881 and headed the paper’s Washington bureau from 1884 to 1901. Michael Burlingame is a history professor at Connecticut College. He is the author of The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln and Lincoln Observed: The Civil War Dispatches of Noah Brooks.