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Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America Paperback – April 11, 2008
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The first part of the book is Ferguson traveling to various Lincoln sites solo -- e.g., Richmond, Chicago, and Springfield Illinois. The second part is a forced family journey to sites involving Lincoln in Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana as Ferguson tries to recreate the family journey he took as a child.
The book is very well done with funny moments (the anti-Lincoln convention and the Lincoln reenactors convention are great examples) and sad and melancholy discussions (the new disneyfied Lincoln experience in Springfield and the transformation of Lincoln in the Chicago Historical Society). Through it all Ferguson is a a shrewd and understated observed who allows his interviewees to state their cases with little or no comment by Ferguson.
Ferguson is clearly a well-educated on the topic of Lincoln and Lincoln Historiography and the book cleary is a labor of love.
I'd recommend the book for "serious" and casual Lincoln buffs as well as non-buffs looking for an entertaining, funny, and insightful read.
Suffice it to say, that most of my Lincoln books offer a favorable look at the grisly old man, savior of our nation, and that's what I prefer. When another book pops up on the surface, needless-to-say, I consider buying it to add to the library. So it was with great flourish, and immediacy, that I just found Andrew Ferguson's new Lincoln book Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America and within minutes, was standing in line purchasing it. Two hours later, and I've read it. And what a joy this book is!
Andrew Ferguson's take on Abe is a quest for the truth of Lincoln, not a mythologized superhero, sent by the Heavens to wash the scourge of slavery from the continent, but a real life man, flaws and all. Ferguson goes to the "Lincoln" places in America, to investigate how he has or is being portrayed by the various locations: both positive and negative.
Ferguson starts off his book dealing with a controversy I had barely heard about, but seem to remember: the placement of a Lincoln statue in Richmond, VA. Ferguson doesn't shy away from the controversy, but goes to live in it and what's more, understand it.Read more ›
While the author's telling thoughts on such diverse topics as conventions of impersonators; business leadership workshops; family vacations; urban planning; the National Park Service; and museum displays are not the fodder for traditional presidential histories, this is a book well worth reading. At its core, it is a heartfelt appreciation for a great man.
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This book greatly exceeded my expectations. I thought it would be a witty travelogue with acid barbs directed at pompous self-regarded historians and revisionists. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roger
Andrew Ferguson does a masterful job of showing how the legacy of Pres. Lincoln continues in the present day in diverse ways. Read morePublished 11 months ago by David J Kaufman
I am a Lincoln fan as my husband was a Lincoln Presenter. I thought everyone loved Lincoln and the first chapter of this book about did me in. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Shirley A. Raymond
I enjoyed this book. If you're looking for a biography of Lincoln, though, this is not your book. It's a look at how the influence of Lincoln is felt in our culture today. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Aviation Book Fan
If you are traveling around the Midwest, in Lincoln country, you'll love this book. If you have pre-teens or teens, the section about going on a car trip with the kids had us... Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by Dr. B. Iverson
I did not get to read the book. It was given as a gift so I can not comment on the actual book itself. It appeared in very good condition.Published on February 13, 2014 by Marla Carr
Great book,all emotions are here it's one men's journey to lincoln and his impact on people lives in the 21st century!!!Published on July 22, 2013 by Dean Schuster
OK, I know you will think I am over the top here, but this is one of my all-time favorite recorded books. Please believe me. Only about 3-4 other books I'd give 5 stars. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Curtis Rettig
Lincoln represents what is best about the U.S. and this funny yet relevant book looks at Lincoln's often changing place in our nation. Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by George J. Heidemark