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- Listening Length: 15 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: May 5, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004ZFH45A
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His dissection of the politics of the era is simply fascinating. This is a book for anyone who has a keen apreciation of politics and history. Charnwood's unflinching directness in his portrayal of Lincoln leaves the reader with the sense that not only does the author have the deepest respect for Lincoln but that that Lincoln deserved every bit of it. My copy of this book is a beat up 1950's paperback I found in a thrift store to accompany me on a trip to Louisiana and I would recommend to anyone who can get their hands on one.
Charnwood speaks to the central issue that was Lincoln: "As to the man, perhaps the sense will grow upon us that this balanced and calculating person, with his finger on the pulse of the electorate while he cracked his uncensored jests with all comers, did of set purpose drink and refill and drink again as full and fiery a cup of sacrifice as ever pressed to the lip of hero or saint." (page 167/168--Cardinal Edition, 1960) Lord Charnwood presented in those words an excellent summation of Lincoln.
It is easy to overlook the hit or miss of the Civil War. Had the 1859 election been between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, Douglass would have won with more than one million votes. And American History would have been vastly different. The Southern Generals outclassed the Northern General in tactics. The tide of war did not change until the July 1863 Southern defeat at the Battle of Vicksburg and the North taking control of the Mississippi; and when Lee tried an incursion into the North, only to be defeated by Meade in the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. With those two victories, Lincoln could run in the 1864 election on strength. Charwood writes: "But if McClellan had had all he demanded to take Richmond and had made good his promise, what would Lee have done? Lee's own answer to a similar question later was, "We would swap queens'; that is he would have taken Washington.Read more ›
I suggest William E. Gienapp's "Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America" (2002) for learners who are new to Lincoln or have lost touch with him since 9th grade history class. Gienapp synthesizes all the latest research and criticism within Lincolnian studies into a brief yet surprisingly thorough 240-page book.
After that, step up to Charnwood. It is truly great historical writing (almost literary in moments) and one of the best character studies published of a truly incredible human being.
Although "Abraham Lincoln" was written by an Englishman for Englishmen (Charnwood's own words) and his admiration of Lincoln is apparent from the beginning, the book is an objective, fascinating history that Americans can appreciate. The book was written in the historical "sweet spot"- decades removed from the tragedy of the American Civil War and Lincoln's assassination but not so distant that memories had faded and historical records vanished. In fact, Lincoln's son Robert had just been named ambassador to England.
This is not a lightweight biography; but an intelligent, comprehensive look at not only Lincoln but also other great personalities of his times as well as US history. The second chapter of the book alone is an interesting history of the early US prior to Lincoln. Spending time to give context adds greatly to our understanding of the man.
Americans learn about Lincoln in grade school so it is not surprising that the stories of Lincoln tend to be simple. Later studies of American history focus more on the American Civil War and the fight to end slavery than Lincoln the man and his overall philosophies. As a result many of us have a child's view of Lincoln with a simple acceptance of him as an icon/hero. Lord Charnwood's biography gives us a deeper view of Lincoln the man, the politician, his core beliefs and personality. Charnwood shows a man of great intellect and ambition, who was remarkably pure of heart and crude of taste.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This economic and elegantly written volume is an early 20th-century masterwork. Lord Charnwood, a British peer, academic, and politician with impeccable organizational skills,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. C. Weil
This was a most interesting and compelling book, written by an Englishman giving many insights to American history from England's eyes! Most definitely worth the read! Read morePublished 3 months ago by LM
Read the reviews, and a piece in the WSJ before reading, but it is still surprisingly good.Published 6 months ago by Chauncey Gardener
I suspect that the book is quite good but I have read very little of it because the font is so small I have to use a magnifying glass to read!! Abboying and disappointing.Published 8 months ago by Clifton B. Chadwick
A. Scholarly work and an interesting, informative study of Lincoln's world!
Lord Charnwood has captured the times and trials of our history.
In the past 5 years I have read at least 15 books on Lincoln. Most of those biographies. What makes so many of us continually drawn to continue to want to more about Lincoln. Read morePublished 10 months ago by jerry wayne simpkins
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