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5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW OF WILLIAM H. HERNDON'S LINCOLN BY JOHN CHUCKMAN, February 24, 2005
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John W. Chuckman (Citylights, Ontario) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (History & Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln) (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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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Story, June 18, 2005
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Christian Schlect (Yakima, Washington/USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (History & Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln) (Hardcover)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Personal Recollection of Honest Abe, February 25, 2006
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Conan W. Rose "civil war history buff" (Burlington Township, NJ United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (History & Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln) (Hardcover)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reprint, June 23, 2013
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This review is from: Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (History & Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln) (Hardcover)
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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Herndon's Lincoln is a Keeper!, June 12, 2014
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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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