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Product Details

  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (February 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195367804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195367805
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 4.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Written with grace and flair, this brief biography of Lincoln draws on the author's unexcelled knowledge of the subject to offer incisive interpretations of Lincoln's early life, his antebellum career, his ideology of free labor, his rise to the presidency, and his leadership in a war that preserved the United States as one nation and freed it from the blight of slavery."--James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom


"The small volume provides an impressive amount of historical and intellectual context, and offers an expert summary of Lincoln's thought." --Indiana Magazine of History


"Successfully distills an epic life into the essence of [the] man in [a] pocket-size volume." - Washington Times


"Guelzo's book will fill a notable void in the always expanding field of Lincoln studies. This new volume from Oxford should enjoy pride of place as the best short biography of Lincoln available."--Rick Beard, Executive Director, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum


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Allen C. Guelzo is Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. He is the author of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America and Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, both winners of the highly prestigious Lincoln Prize.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
This year, the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, has seen the publication of a number of short biographies for busy readers, including books by James McPherson Abraham Lincoln and George McGovernAbraham Lincoln (The American Presidents Series: The 16th President, 1861-1865) Unlike these books, which offer an overview of Lincoln's life and achievement, Allen Guelzo's new book, "Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction", published by Oxford University Press is a work of depth. The book spends little time with Lincoln's conduct of the presidency during the Civil War or with Lincoln's personal life. Instead Guelzo's book focuses on Lincoln and the life of the mind. As Guelzo writes in his Introduction (at 8): "This will be a biography of [Lincoln's] ideas." Guelzo is Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College. He has written several other books on Lincoln with a focus on intellectual history, some of which I will link below.

Although engaged in the most public of professions, Lincoln was notoriously reserved and difficult to get to know intimately. Guelzo explores the books Lincoln read and the ideas which influenced him. Near the end of his life, Lincoln told a journalist that he "was a lover of many philosophical books" including Butler's "Analogy of Religion", John Stuart Mill's "On Liberty", and the works of the early American theologian, Jonathan Edwards. (p. 5)

Guelzo develops two large themes in Lincoln's thought.
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This is a brief but brilliant book on Abraham Lincoln, which tries to show Lincoln as a product and developer of Enlightenment Liberalism. I've read many books on Lincoln, but most try to situate Lincoln in his historical and political context and not as a figure in the history of ideas.

Not that Guelzo doesn't also explain Lincoln's historical context as well. I understand now better than before how Lincoln stood apart from many of his immediate political predecessors, in particular Andrew Jackson, of whom Lincoln was the antithesis. In contemporary political terms, Jackson, despite being one of the key figures in the history of the Democratic party, was a passionate believer in small government. Lincoln, one of the founders of the Republican party, was an impassioned believer in the power of government and invested much of his political career in having government involved in large federal and state project. In today's terms, Jackson, the Democrat, was a believer is small government, while Lincoln, the Republican, was a believer in big government (Guelzo doesn't mention it, but it was under Lincoln that the largest federal program in American history to that point was undertaken, the building of the transcontinental railroad, undertaken by private companies funded by public capital). I've little doubt that today the two would switch parties (for the record, one of Lincoln's most prominent biographers, Doris Kearns Goodwin, also has stated her belief that today Lincoln would be a Democrat, since the GOP is today opposed to virtually all of the political issues that Lincoln held dear).

The book is largely organized around clusters of ideas that were crucial for the intellectual development of Lincoln as a political thinker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 2, 2011
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Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, is one of the best-known and most recognizable historical figures. His fame extends far beyond the borders of the United States, and there have been more biographies in English language written about him than about any other person. It is not hard to see why the fascination with Lincoln is so widespread and long enduring: he came from an extremely humble background, for much of his political life was considered a failure, only to assume the highest office in the land and then to lead the nation though the most devastating and consequential war in its history. Only a person of sharp intellect, impeccable judgment, and enormous inner strength would have been able to achieve the colossal task of saving the Union and grounding it on an entirely new foundation. That such a person would in fact have the commanding role in the theatre of the Civil War is nothing short of providential. That he would succeed against very heavy odds is miraculous.

Lincoln was a private person, and he has written very little about his own life experiences. The historians had to work with secondary sources and information to get a reliable picture of this remarkable man, especially in the years preceding his public engagements. Nonetheless, there is a large amount of material on which we can base our understanding of Lincoln.

One of the greatest virtues of this book is that it doesn't aim to just recount the facts of Lincoln's life. It is interested to a large extent, just like Lincoln himself, with the higher ideas and their impact on the lives of the people and their nation, and the place that this nation had in the world.
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