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Tad Lincoln's Father (Abraham Lincoln) Kindle Edition

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Seth A. Swirsky on October 17, 2001
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If you want to know what Lincoln and his family were really like, read this amazing book. Ms. Taft wrote this book in 1931. She played with the Lincoln boys in the White House as a 16 year-old. Her descriptions of the everyday life of the Lincoln's, the White House and the times they lived make you feel as if you ARE there. It's an amazing step back into a time that has been written about by many others, but not from such a perspective. Truly wonderful, simple and illuminating.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Kroschell on November 27, 2009
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This is an utterly delightful and informative memoir of the President's family by Julia Taft Bayne, who was a regular visitor and almost a member of the family up until the untimely death of young Willie Lincoln from typhoid in 1862. To all those who are passionately devoted to the study of and discovery of Lincoln, (as well as those who love books about growing up in the 1800's in America), I highly recommend this
book. I have recounted some of its anecdotes in our production, ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S LOVE OF SONG..
.This book has all the charm of such stories as Little House on the Prairie and Little Women...Love it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SWolf on May 25, 2012
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In some ways, this book is kind of like a time machine, transporting you back to the White House in 1861, when the newly-elected Lincoln and his family were settling into life in Washington DC. 'Julie' tells the story in first person, and you feel like you're with her when she first meets the new President, intimidated by his size and title. But she gets to know the family, and soon she and her brothers are regular visitors to the White House, playing with the Lincoln children, Tad and Willie, and spending intimate moments with Abraham and Mary. Her glimpse gives us all a chance to see what these people were like, up close and personal. Especially the President, who we see in his private moments, interacting with those around him, while at the same time bearing the weight of the divided country on his shoulders. We witness his inner torment, but at the same time we see his love for his children, and for Julie and her brothers, as they're welcomed in like family.

My only complaint is the shortness of the book, and the limited text given to certain events, like Willie Lincoln's death. Here was a woman who was intimate with the Lincolns during one of the most historical eras in the country's history, who died two years after writing this book (in 1933). I am sure she could have filled a book five times this size with her recollections, but now they are lost forever. Even the accounts of the other historical people she encountered because of her closeness to the Lincolns, which she speaks of briefly, could fill a volume all by itself.

If you enjoy your history personalized, or if you're a fan of Lincoln, this book is a must read. If I could give it more than five stars, I would.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 11, 2015
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Julia Taft was the daughter of the chief of the U.S. Patent Office, and when Abraham Lincoln entered the White House in 1861, Julia and her two younger brothers were selected to come and play with the President and Mrs. Lincoln’s children. In 1933, she published this book of remembrances of her time with the Lincoln family. The book is not an in-depth look and the Lincoln’s, but is written from the viewpoint of a young girl, what she saw and how she felt. It covers the time from the arrival of the Lincolns in Washington D.C., through the death of Willie Lincoln in 1862, with a particularly poignant remembrance of the day that the President was assassinated.

Overall, I found this to be a fascinating look at the White House during the Civil War. Not, the generals and the political leaders, but the Lincoln children and their warm and doting parents. It truly is a side of Lincoln that I have never really seen before.

If you are interested in Abraham Lincoln the man, then this really is a book you need to see. It is a unique window into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melinda B. Jones on April 12, 2014
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A wonderful portrait of a delightful man caught in the nightmare of the Civil War, yet trying to keep his children's life relatively normal. Julia Taft was a 16 yo girl, sister to Bud and Holly Taft the playmates of Willie and Tad Lincoln. She was fortunate to get to know the Lincoln's as parents while the boys were playing together. She portrays the President as a loving father who liked nothing more than rolling around on the floor with his boys while they climbed all over him. She would take tea with Mrs Lincoln and they would talk about fashion. She portrays the Lincoln's as lenient parents who rarely scolded the boys, they were allowed to run around the White House "like savages", and scatter their father's papers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Great American History on May 3, 2014
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Enjoyable look at Lincoln and life in Washington from the eyes of a sixteen year old girl. Julia provides anecdotes of the Lincoln family in 1860, focusing primarily on her brothers and the two youngest Lincolns. Includes many amusing incidents with the boys, their animals, and their imaginations. Lincoln's sense of humor comes through, as well as his and Mary Lincoln's love for Willie and Tad. Julia also had a favorable opinion of Mary, which is a point of view rarely heard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a reader on October 17, 2013
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A short but true look at Willie and Tad Lincoln in the White House written by the older sister of the Taft boys who were Willie and Tad's play mates. Julia would often come with her brothers, and all the Lincolns enjoyed this young girl's presence since they would have liked a daughter of their own but never had one. An excellent book for kids old enough to enjoy history and read on the level of Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet and the like.
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