"This book supplants [Carl] Sandburg and supersedes all other biographies. Future Lincoln books cannot be written without it, and from no other book can a general reader learn so much about Abraham Lincoln. It is the essential title for the bicentennial." -- James L. Swanson, Publishers Weekly
"A complete view of Lincoln's life... thorough." -- Diane Cole, U.S. News & World Report
"A monumental boxed effort that weighs in at 10 pounds... The result is a picture of Lincoln from all sides, in a style that is relentless but not daunting." -- Bloomberg News
"A magisterial enterprise." -- William Safire, New York Times
"If you aspire to Ultimate Lincoln Knowledge this is a must-read." -- Chicago Tribune
"These monumental volumes deserve a wide readership." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Burlingame is a towering figure in Lincoln scholarship, and students of the 16th president have been waiting for this book for years. For all his learning -- Burlingame may know more about Lincoln and his era than anyone in the world -- his take on his subject is fresh, and he doesn't gloss over Lincoln's less appealing attributes. Abraham Lincoln comes as close to being the definitive biography as anything the world has seen in decades." -- Time.com
"An exhaustive and stylishly written biography." -- Greg Rienzi, Gazette
"A stunning feat of research." -- Michael Bishop, Publishers Weekly
"The two-volume set is being heralded as the ultimate new biography of Lincoln, an essential work to be used by all future biographers of the 16th president." -- Anne Byle, Grand Rapids Press
"The granddaddy of all the recent books [on Lincoln] is Michael Burlingame's Abraham Lincoln: A Life... monumental in size, depth and scholarship, this is the new standard biography of our time and surpasses all other life portraits of our 16th president, and is the most important book of the bicentennial." -- James L. Swanson, Washington Times
"Lincoln scholars have waited anxiously for this book for decades. Its triumphant publication proves it was well worth the wait. Few scholars have written with greater insight about the psychology of Lincoln. No one in recent history has uncovered more fresh sources than Michael Burlingame. This profound and masterful portrait will be read and studied for years to come." -- Doris Kearns Goodwin
"The remarkable breadth of Burlingame's research has resulted in a book unlike anything else written about Lincoln. It will be a major contribution to the field." -- Gerald J. Prokopowicz, East Carolina University
"Burlingame has developed a familiarity with the details of Lincoln's life that is truly authoritative, even definitive, and he has genuinely earned his reputation for knowing more about Lincoln than just about anyone who has ever studied him." -- Kenneth J. Winkle, University of Nebraska--Lincoln
"No review could do complete justice to the magnificent two-volume biography that has been so well-wrought by Michael Burlingame." -- Christopher Hitchens, Atlantic Monthly
"The bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth has generated a plethora of Lincoln-related items, but none impresses more than this two-volume biography... Essential." -- Choice
"The author knows more about Lincoln than any other living person." -- New York Review of Books
"Most thorough account of the development of Lincoln as a man and politician against the backdrop of America's struggle to mature as an idea and a nation... Not a Lincoln for our times, but the Lincoln of his times, and future biographers would do well to take note(s)." -- Books and Culture: A Christian Review
I took a leisurely year reading this great work.
It is something anybody with an interest in Lincoln will want to read whether they be serious students of the man or simply desirous of wanting to learn more.
I read both volumes from cover to cover and found the level of detail wonderful and his writing style keeps the narrative flowing quite smoothly.
If you want to know all about Lincoln, this is an excellent choice. Well researched and written, this is a very readable yet scholarly biography whose 2000 pages will leave you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert C. Solomon, M.D.
Well written. The use of evidence is overwhelming. It seems more like an Lincoln encyclopedia than bio.Published 1 month ago by Derek Maxfield
This is an astounding work. The reality of Lincoln is revealed: writing anyomous letters denigrating political rivals, for example. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul
They said the book got lost, It went up in price so it got lost and that is the best I can say!!!Published 4 months ago by Hermies Hermits
Volume 1 of this biography is worth the price of purchase alone; it has the best coverage of the young Lincoln that I've yet seen. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David G. Estock
Michael Burlingame, a gentleman and a scholar, has patiently and determinedly followed every piece of evidence available to illuminate the life of our 16th president. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Deb Goodrich Bisel
Serious and informative, but overly copious. Not one scrap of relevant quotations was left on the floor. It all went into the books.Published 18 months ago by Darby Hicks
Makes the Lincoln best-sellers (Team of Rivals e.g.) seem like the efforts of bright but limited freshmen. Read morePublished 19 months ago by A. Reader
Abraham Lincoln has not wanted for biographers since his death, and every year new volumes about his life and presidency are added to shelves already groaning with them. Read morePublished 23 months ago by MarkK