"Affirms Thomas' reputation as a diligent researcher and lucid writer and perhaps might even send interested readers back to his sterling biography." -- William W. Starr, Knight Ridder Newspapers "Here you'll get tall tales and clever barbs Lincoln shot at political opponents. You'll see how he used humor to defuse tension, illuminate a point, and put others at ease. And, you'll see him from the eyes of political friends and foes." -- Janeen Burkholder, Illinois Times "Burlingame makes available a collection of previously uncollected and unpublished writings from acclaimed Lincoln scholar, Benjamin P. Thomas. The essays contained within this collection touch on Lincoln's character as a humorist, lawyer, and politician." -- Civil War Book News ADVANCE PRAISE "Admirers of the gifted and graceful Lincoln author Benjamin P. Thomas now can enjoy the best of his short essays in this welcome volume." -- Cullom Davis, Lincoln Legal Papers "Thomas left a corpus of books and articles that firmly established his reputation as a careful researcher, gifted interpreter, and lucid stylist... No one in the past ten years of Lincoln scholarship has come close to matching Michael Burlingame's productivity or his mastery of Lincoln sources. -- Douglas L. Wilson, author of Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln.