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Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (History & Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln) Hardcover – December 19, 1999


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  • Series: History & Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 660 pages
  • Publisher: Digital Scanning Inc. (December 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582181365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582181363
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John W. Chuckman on February 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
With a certain group of American historians, largely those concerned with preserving images of America's founders and luminaries as saintly figures in white plaster togas, this book remains controversial.

In fact, it is perhaps the greatest biography of an American historical figure ever written. It is recommended highly to all lovers of good biography. It is indispensible to serious students of American history.

The official defenders of America's Civic Religion dislike this book because it captures some raw and awkward aspects of Lincoln, but Lincoln was rather raw and awkward and self-taught. It is the rise of such a man to such heights, plus his great natural eloquence, that make Lincoln remarkable.

Such historians love to cite this or that relatively insignificant error (in a 500-page book replete with details) to discredit Herndon, but Herndon's own detail and sense of honesty make him the best argument against such foolishness.

No one was better qualified than Herndon to record the life of Lincoln, having been his friend and business partner for many years. Herndon also conscientiously compiled a large archive of letters and memorials after Lincoln's death.

Herndon focuses on the personal Lincoln, and it is especially his observations about Lincoln's religious skepticism and family life that so disturb those who would have Lincoln embalmed like Lenin. Herndon gives us a vivid Lincoln, and if you like good biography, you will be impressed. The book was clearly a labor of love, and that fact still comes through more than a century after it was written.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christian Schlect VINE VOICE on June 18, 2005
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I had long wanted to own a hardcover edition of Herndon's famous book on Abraham Lincoln and the purchase of this one by Digital Scanning, Inc. fulfilled my desire perfectly.

Everyone with a serious interest in Mr. Lincoln's life should read this book. Originally published in 1888, it is one of the main starting points for all subsequent works devoted to understanding this complex man. It remains a great book for reading after all of these years.
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Billie Herndon knew Abraham Lincoln for over 25 years and the overall biography of President Lincoln would not be complete without Herndon's voice. It is a good book if you are studying Abraham Lincoln.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Conan W. Rose on February 25, 2006
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Book is true of facts and shows the true Abraham Lincoln. One of the best books on honest Abe. Takes you back to a time long passed and puts you in the mind of one of the true patriots of America.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill Rust on June 23, 2013
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This is a great reprint of Herndon's original biography of Abraham Lincoln. This is a must read for Lincoln fans.
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