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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476702861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476702865
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"My friend Joe Wheeler’s new collection of stories is sure to appeal to anyone who wonders what it would have been like to encounter Abraham Lincoln in person. These compelling accounts, painstakingly gathered over many years, offer a unique perspective on Lincoln’s humble spirit in the midst of the chaotic surroundings of the Civil War." (Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family)

"Thomas Lincoln was a master storyteller, a skill he taught his son. Those who knew Lincoln vividly remembered the stories he told. Joe Wheeler sifts through the many stories about America's favorite president to provide a portrait of the man through the medium he loved--stories." (Thomas Schwartz, Ph.D., former Illinois State Historian & Former Director of Research & Collections at the Lincoln Presidential Library)

About the Author

Joe Wheeler is considered one of America’s leading story anthology creators. His bestselling “Christmas in My Heart” story anthology is the longest running Christmas story series in America. Wheeler earned a master’s in history from Pacific Union College, a master’s in English from Sacramento State University, and a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University. He lives with his wife in Conifer, Colorado.

Cover illustration: "In the Darkest Hour: Lincoln at Antietam" by Nathan Greene, © 2010. All rights reserved, used by permission. www.NathanGreene.com.

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The stories are so beautiful and poignant.
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I figured President Lincoln liked to read just because of the time period he was in, but I was glad to know that my assumption was true.
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I hope my friend loans me the book later on!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Reader on June 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is such a fascinating book with a neat perspective. I like how all of the stories came from once spoken stories and not stories that were written down. I can't imagine how much research this took in order to write down and compile all of these personal stories. It's such a wonderful family heritage that his family helped to participate in this book over so many years.

I truly don't know much about Abraham Lincoln, except for your typical text book/school lessons, which I'm sad to say didn't stick entirely. If they had taught them in the way that this book shared about Abraham Lincoln, I'm sure that it would have stuck more. I came away with such a respect for President Lincoln and I really liked his character.

I figured President Lincoln liked to read just because of the time period he was in, but I was glad to know that my assumption was true. I like the picture of him wheeling around the baby as a young boy with his nose in the book the entire time. Book lovers everywhere can appreciate that and probably relate to that!

Another thing that stuck out to me was the story of him showing up at the rectory early one morning with the desire to be married. I saw how he worked hard and tried to make right whatever he did wrong. I very much respect that character trait. The goat on the bed story was quite hilarious, too. I'm sure I would have responded in the exact same way as Mrs. Cuthbert!

Any history lover would love this book for sure, but I think this book is also a great read for lovers of any genre. It has something for everyone and is written so personally that it seems like you are stepping into a conversation and you get to see the intimate side of President Lincoln. He was quite a man. The book doesn't read in a text book fashion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hello-booklover on June 26, 2013
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This is a book I would tell everyone to read. You truly get to see who Abraham Lincoln was. He served like a king as he told one young man he helped when he was a lawyer bring himself and some judges to Illinois.

The stories are so beautiful and poignant. A range of emotions will come to light. You will laugh when reading of the pardoning of the doll, cry when hearing the story of him helping the little girl and her mom get to her dad before he dies, smile at the story of the doll and just feel so glad to have got to see how amazing a man our president was.

A book for all of us to read and see the character, beauty and kindness that was President Abe Lincoln.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lighthouse88 on June 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Abraham Lincoln is still one of the most beloved and remembered Presidents in our nation's short history. Books and movies abound about the man, his Presidency, marriage and children--a list that almost seems endless. Amazingly, one thing our society seems to value, good looks, Abraham Lincoln didn't possess. What our society hungers for Abraham Lincoln had, a solid character and moral values that weren't ever placed on the selling block. So, why is it that he is still admired and endears so many followers? What can be said about this President that hasn't already been said?
I was born in Illinois (the "s" is silent), which I am sure began my infatuation with the Civil War era and the President, but it was just a start. Recently, I reviewed the latest movie "Lincoln". I also watched the movie "Conspirator" that was released prior to the aforementioned. Each time I see a new movie or read a book about this specific time in our nation's history, I learn something new. Never can one say that a single book or movie can contain any one person's life for there is too much happening for that to be accomplished.
Here we have more to consider when we read about Abraham Lincoln in a way that I haven't seen presented before. First, the book focuses on stories that have been passed down from each preceding generation by "oral transmission" (pg XVIII). The author has spent his life searching and preserving these stories so many more people may read, enjoy and learn from them. In addition, the author shares his wealth of pictures he has unearthed before they too disappear because of the age of the original or for simply the love of widely sharing them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Snyder on November 14, 2013
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I read Joe Wheeler's book on Lincoln's faith and loved it, so bought this one and loved it too. Joe has an easy to read style and explains, upfront, that the stories have many sources and several have been repeatedly handed down and may not be totally accurate, but I believe they are all based on truth. These are truly heart-warming stories. If you like reading about the personal side of our greatest president, you will love this!
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What can you say about Abraham Lincoln that hasn’t been said over and over again, again and again? That’s the point of Joe Wheeler’s book “Abraham Lincoln Civil War Stories: Heartwarming Stories about Our Most Beloved President.”

Stories about Abraham Lincoln have been passed from person to person, first in orally and later written down, for a century and a half. If one were to read them all they would have to search through many books, newspapers and magazines in libraries and archives to find them. Mr. Wheeler has saved you the time and effort, collecting many of the most popular stories and poems in his book. The stories span the breadth of Lincoln’s life and run from the humorous to the tear-jerker. The book is split into four parts: The Frontier Years, Civil War – The Early Years, Civil War – The Later Years, and To Live on in Hearts is not to Die.

I would venture to say that many of these stories are largely fictional, some more so than others, but all have some kernel of historical truth to them. Included by Mr. Wheeler is one of my favorites, “The Perfect Tribute,” by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews, which was turned into a made for television movie in 1991 and starred Jason Robards as Abraham Lincoln.

This is a great book for people who don’t know much about the 16th President of the United States or the Civil War. For those who have studied and know a great deal about Lincoln and the war this book may help to understand the folklore surrounding Lincoln. The stories are simply written, and range in size from a two to twenty pages in length which are easily read in a short time, so that you can pick the book up when you have just a few minutes to spare or a couple of hours.
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