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Herndon's Lincoln: the true story of a great life : the history and personal recollections of Abraham Lincoln [excerpts] Paperback – October 22, 2010
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There are flaws to this book. Herndon drank, so Lincoln didn't take him to Washington with him. This book tells you nothing about the war, about Lincoln's policies, or even a great deal about Lincoln's debates with Douglas, say. But. And it is a great but. This is the only book that gives you a smell of the goofy, tall, funny, awkward, galumphing and generally likeable oddball that emerged as the greatest leader this country ever had. This is the only book I would advise an actor to read if he was going to undertake to play Abe Lincoln. All the other books describe a monument. This one describes a man who went on dates, told dirty jokes and had a funny way of laying his legs across the desk and reading upside down. The rest is second hand.
I have not read many books on Lincoln. I don't have a lot of time to wade through a bunch of books.
This book describes Abe in all of his imperfections, qualities, handicaps by his 20 year law partner, Herndon who was assisted in writing the book in his later years by another named Weik.
As good lawyers do, Herndon footnotes and shows his sources when not speaking from the first person or when substantiating or discrediting rumors about Lincoln.
Want book that is honest about Honest Abe? This 1888 reprint brings Lincoln to life as an ordinary man in so many ways.
As we all are, we are complex and contradictory. Abe was no different and you will never think of Abe, or yourself, the same way again. If I could give this book ten stars, I would do it.
I was not disappointed even though there are no page numbers, the paragraphs run together and a fair amount of editing is undone. I can't speak to other editions of this book (if they exist) because I did not read them.
Herndon undertook a great project after Lincoln's assassination. He set out to interview those closest to Lincoln, including those who knew him before Herndon and opened their law firm. The book relates the recollections of those who saw Lincoln as a young man and lawyer as well as Illinois power broker and president. Readers of the Lincoln story will see may tidbits and tales encountered in later works presented here in their original long form. This is a fascinating collection that any Lincoln fan will treasure.
The style of writing is in that of the 18th century and contains many letters of those asked by Herndon to recollect. As such, much of the book is history in the raw. But it is a fascinating journey and well worth the time for those who want to know Lincoln as well as we can this far removed from his life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must read from a man who knew Lincoln better than most.Published 1 month ago by Robert C. Cochran
The version I received only contained 14 pages of the book. the table of contents list 20 chapters and 611 pages. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe
Book arrived right on time and it's a great read. It's awesome to get the insight of someone who actually knew Abraham Lincoln.Published 15 months ago by sraley2
Have not had time to read this book but I am looking forward to it.Published 17 months ago by Shirley Watson