Abraham Lincoln: A Presidential Life by James McPherson

I think I am pretty clearly on the record in favor of short biographies but even I might blanche at a book that covers a subject as immense as Abraham Lincoln in a mere 70 or so pages.  Such is the boldness of James McPherson‘s Abraham Lincoln.  But this essay/book turned out to be an enjoyable and interesting approach to the enigma that is Lincoln. I was trolling the library when I saw it and decided it was short enough to read over the President’s Day weekend. Alas, I was not...

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In the Mail: Presidential Edition

–>Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 Description Abraham Lincoln first demonstrated his determination and leadership in the Great Secession Winter — the four months between his election in November 1860 and his inauguration in March 1861 — when he rejected compromises urged on him by Republicans and Democrats, Northerners and Southerners, that might have preserved the Union a little longer but would have enshrined slavery for...

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In the Mail: Presidential Edition

–>Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 Description Abraham Lincoln first demonstrated his determination and leadership in the Great Secession Winter — the four months between his election in November 1860 and his inauguration in March 1861 — when he rejected compromises urged on him by Republicans and Democrats, Northerners and Southerners, that might have preserved the Union a little longer but would have enshrined slavery for...

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Honest Abe's 200th

One of the perennial problems us book addicts have is that the books we want to read always outstrip the books we can read.  And as a blogger I regularly dream of connecting my reading to current events and/or holidays and presenting a timely and insightful commentary on the appropriate date. Alas, it is most often not to be.  And today’s 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln‘s birthday is no different.  I had grand plans only to fall behind schedule and miss the...

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The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln

You know what they say about good intentions and that makes me nervous because I so often have them only to see them fail. As is almost always the case, I have once again bitten off more than I can chew.  There are simply far too many non-fiction books that I want to read.  I try to limit my choices but even so I end up feeling hopelessly behind. In one particular case, I had high hope of reading Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln and writing an...

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