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This Fiery Trial: The Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195151015
ISBN-10: 0195151011
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Not taking much stock in the genre, Lincoln tried to shield himself from biography by guarding his private self and carefully crafting his public words and image. Of course, so complex a man, who came to embody America in its ordeal by fire, has attracted scores of biographers hoping to solve the ultimate American enigma. Now Gienapp, author of the acclaimed Origins of the Republican Party, enters the crowded field. This biography neatly synthesizes much recent scholarship and makes Lincoln believable as a president struggling to defend the Union and define freedom. Rather than inventing a Lincoln psyche or persona, as some biographers have done, or trading in oft-recycled Lincoln myths, Giennap goes back to the primary sources to discover a Lincoln who was simultaneously principled and practical, confident of his ability to persuade (though too much so in dealing with generals) and assured in making policy (he was a loner who relied on his own judgment). He does not find the source of Lincoln's enormous ambition, but he does show why Lincoln etched his thought and character into Americans' understanding of themselves. In the public speeches Gienapp gathers in This Fiery Trail, the clarity and cadences of Lincoln's language resound. It is a most apt collection, useful to teachers and anyone wanting to know why Lincoln was our herald. These books in tandem are an excellent way to get hold of Lincoln. Highly recommended. Randall M. Miller, Saint Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
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Historians studying Lincoln still manage to find original avenues of approach (see William Lee Miller's recent Lincoln's Virtues [BKL Ja 1 & 15 02]), but otherwise, the roads are deeply rutted by steady scholarly and popular traffic, which feeds the need for the synthesizing overview. Harvard professor Gienapp helps fill this need with an anthology of Lincoln's writings. With exceptions, these were devoted to public affairs, which reflects Lincoln's most trenchant personal trait--reticence. The scarce material that does provide a glimpse of Lincoln's personal feelings, such as his written refusal to pay a visit to his father's deathbed in 1851, are not exactly flattering to the future paragon of virtue. Gilbert Taylor
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195151011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195151015
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for a class and actually ended up learning more than I bargained for! Who would have known that Lincoln wasn't the guy they portrayed him as in elementary school. This is a must read for anyone in a civil war era history class or anyone who is interested in American History in general.
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I had to get this for a history class. I've never really read e-books before but what's great about this kindle e-book is that you can view popular highlights which is helpful when it comes to finding popular quotes you would need in an essay.
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An excellent book containing many of the best writings of our country's political heritage. Professor Gienapp does what is needed in this type of introductory book: He has chosen text wisely and started each selection of Abraham Lincoln's work with a short but helpful introduction.

There is a reason Lincoln is our greatest president. This book is perfect for one who would like to gain a direct understanding into this fact.
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BOUGHT IT FOR A CLASS ON CIVIL WAR. THERE WERE SOME SURPRISES I DID NOT KNOW. LINCOLN DID A GREAT JOB IN KEEPING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER.
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I had a final exam in history class, and this book helped me a lot find evidences to prove about president Lincoln's ideal.
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