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Lincoln Lessons: Reflections on America's Greatest Leader Hardcover – January 2, 2009
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Seventeen authors describe their experiences with the Lincoln subject. They are Jean H. Baker, Mario M. Cuomo, Joan Flinspach, Sara Vaugh Gabbard, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Harold Holzer, Harry V. Jaffa, John F. Marszalek, James M. McPherson, Edna Greene Medford, Sandra Day O'Connor, Mackubin Thomas Owens, William D. Pederson, Edward Steers, Jr., Craig L, Symonds, Thomas Reed Turner and Frank J. Williams.
Their tales make for entertaining reading. Some, of course, are more interesting than others. Overall, a reader will enjoy this volume. Doris Kearns Goodwin reveals her inner thoughts concerning Team of Rivals, her immensely successful book. Harold Holzer details his career with Lincoln images. Frank J. Williams traces his interest in Abraham Lincoln from his youth to his present leadership in the field. Edna Greene Medford gives a unique story of her experience as an African-American scholar writing on Lincoln. Craig L. Symonds admits that as a four-year-old kindergarten pupil he thought of Lincoln as "Sixteen Feet Tall."
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0809328918
- ISBN-10 : 0809328917
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 0.75 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (January 2, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,227,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As with most books on Lincoln, the material is hagiographic and rarely critical. Kearns Goodwin encapsulates her fine book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln in a few short pages, although I think she has zero sense of objectivity about the man.
Sandra Day O'Connor's essay on the Suspension of Habeas Corpus in clear layman's English is interesting and suggests that even in the direst situation that Lincoln only used it for military purposes and not to dispose of political enemies.
The most interesting essay is on Mary Lincoln. Historian Jean Baker dispels myths about a woman long presented as an eccentric, over-spending, cold-hearted woman. While she was no angel, she was badly served by a nation and particularly her son Robert who had her committed to a mental institution with little justification.
If you are looking for a number of different reflections by Lincoln authorities, this is the book for you. However, don't expect a high degree of objectivity.