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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (September 28, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803279507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803279506
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James A. Rawley, a Carl Adolph Happold Professor Emeritus of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the author of Turning Points of the Civil War (1989), also available as a Bison Book.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Salva VINE VOICE on March 3, 2007
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Books about Abraham Lincoln written by those who knew him are fascinating. This one is especially so in that Lamon was not only a friend and legal colleague, but during Lincoln's presidency, his bodyguard.

"Hill," the president-elect told him before leaving for Washington, "I need you." So he went.

Of special interest are two chapters:

One, that deals with Lamon's explanation of something Lincoln was criticized for. After a particularly bloody engagement of the Civil War, Lincoln visited the battlefield and during that visit, requested that Lamon sing a few ballads for him. (Lincoln was in the habit of asking Lamon to do this, as apparently, Lamon had a good singing voice.)

And another in which Lamon tells of Abraham Lincoln's prophetic dreams, including a recurring one he'd had ever since he was a youth that presaged Lincoln's rise to the presidency and his bloody death.

As I said, there is interesting material here, the stuff of legends. Well worth the attention of any Lincoln fan, or indeed, any student of U.S. history.

Richard Salva--author of Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh [UNABRIDGED]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barry Sharpe on March 4, 2013
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Ward Hill Lamon was a friend of Abraham Lincoln long before he became our greatest president. He worshipped the man, literally sleeping on the floor outside his door in the White House
This book is a testimony to Lamon's love for our 16th president. What it may lack in balance and objectivity, it more than makes up for with anecdotes unavailable anywhere else.
A couple of things you won't read about Ward Hill Lamon in this book: he was near Lincoln in height so the two never had the one-sided relationship based on size Lincoln had with so many and, secondly, Lamon blamed himself for not being with Lincoln the night of his assassination for the rest of his life. Presumably this colored his opinion of Mr. Lincoln's attributes to a degree.
Nonetheless this is a good read. It's really an inside look at Lincoln the man and as such cannot be beat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on September 16, 2013
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Written by a friend but one who who actually knew lincoln. You have to read the original sources to get a sense of how Lincoln was seen by his contempories. This is one of the better accounts although not without personal bias. Some have criticized Lamon's accounts as being unverifiable. Perhaps but I found it readable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mary c. kerr on February 6, 2013
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new perspective...and interested in reading it before seeing the movie based on Lamon's work with Lincoln. This is ridcuous to have to add 4 more words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By avidreader on December 18, 2013
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Here is a book written by a friend of Lincoln's closee to the age of Lincoln's lifetime. You have to imagaine Lamon knew what he was talking about. Sure we probably get a rosier portrayal of Lincoln that we would have from a critic of Lincol at the time but we get a fond retelling of the real Lincoln through all of it.
It is easy for historians or anyone in general to play a sort of Monday morning quarterback and jusge Lincoln or others that lived a long time before us. But we tend to jusge them based on what we now now and on how we have progressed,. We do not look at them based on what the world was like back then. Similaryl people 100 years from now will be more critical of us for what we did ir did not do.
This is a book I highly recommend
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