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  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (June 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1175442852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1175442857
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,751,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trancelucence (Leigh)
Herndon intended this to be a well researched and balanced biography of the Lincoln, and he achieved that.
Brook
I highlighted, bookmarked and made notes from several sections of this and the second half of the book.
K. George

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brook on August 13, 2012
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Herndon intended this to be a well researched and balanced biography of the Lincoln, and he achieved that. Herndon knew Lincoln personally and did a lot or research as reflected by the numerous citations and quotes of original source material--many of which are personal letters and interviews. The writing meanders a bit, but is o.k.; this may in part reflect the period in which it was written (late 1800's).

I looked extensively for a good, succinct (2-300 page) biography of Lincoln. Failing that I decided to give this fairly lengthy but free-on-Kindle book a try. Glad I did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. George on July 31, 2012
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I highlighted, bookmarked and made notes from several sections of this and the second half of the book. I learned more about Lincoln as a person from these books than any others that I have read, and I've read a lot. The personal accounts (how he looked, how he sounded, facial expressions) could only come from those who really knew him. It was a wonderful journey through an amazing life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trancelucence (Leigh) on May 25, 2013
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I loved these books, for several reasons, and was affected on many levels (personally, professionally, politically). I've long been a Lincoln fan, as many of us are, for the obvious reasons, but he came alive for me in reading this book. So much of what I read here was new to me. It was meticulously researched and written by his lifelong law partner, who knew him as a young man, and another friend of Lincoln's (a protege and mentee) who later edited the work, did fact-checking, and supplemented it. The book focuses on his early life and his life before becoming president, although it covers the inauguration and some details about personal relationships that continued throughout his presidency, as well as how his character and personal habits manifested in office. The authors collected reminiscences, letters, etc., many very personal, from countless people who knew him, many of which I found simply astonishing, fascinating. I don't want to ruin the experience of reading this for anyone, so I'll provide some examples to give you an idea of the specificity and tenor of the work, and then preface remarks of the spoiler variety with a spoiler alert, further on.

A few examples to provide a general idea of the depth and breadth: the first from a letter from a well-known politician, who recounts how years earlier, along with an equally illustrious companion, he rode on a stagecoach along with this ugly, ungainly, shabbily dressed country bumpkin. Their fellow traveler listened intently to everything they had to say (their expounding laced liberally with braggadocio and self-importance) and asked lots of wondering questions, his attitude one of respect and deep interest in all they had to impart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Williams on February 11, 2013
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The book was written by Lincoln's law partner of 17 years. It's kind of hard to follow. The author goes to great lengths to back up his stories about Lincoln with quote's from correspondence and newspaper articles. The stories taken from the letters to the author I found interesting because they were written by people who knew Lincoln before he became president.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By luther kemper on February 10, 2013
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old honest abe was a real person, after all! too bad this book wasn't taken more seriously when it was authored. it is thoroughly entertaining and informative.
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