Lincoln Reconsidered

Okay, Friends. I’ve said it before. I’m going to say it again. You ready?

I am a history nerd. Like, a full blown popcorn-eating-edge-of-my-seat-sitting-History Channel-watching nerd. (Especially Bible History. And the Tudor Era? Swoon, baby. Swoon.)

I also have a slight fascination with Abraham Lincoln. I think the biggest part of this for me, is that he has become almost mythological. We know what our history books taught us in school, which usually gives us our basic opinion of Mr. Lincoln. But then we read various biographies. We watch various documentaries. Before long, we start to realize that Abraham Lincoln’s personality varies wildly, depending on the historian who is researching him.

When I saw the book, Lincoln Reconsidered, the first thing that I did was research the author. David Herbert Donald passed away in 2009, but was a very well known American historian. He was a two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, for Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War and Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe. He published more than 30 books on United States political and literary figures and the history of the American South. He majored in History and Sociology, completed his doctorate and taught at Columbia University as well as Harvard and many others.

Um, yeah. If he’s writing something about Abraham Lincoln, I’m going to read it.

David Herbert Donald’s thoughtful essays provide insight on a remarkable man, who was raised on the American frontier and became a successful lawyer, politician and wartime president. The book covers Lincoln’s background, his education, his political background, and the way he managed his administration during the Civil War. The author also covers the handling of the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as many other issues. He beautifully weaves all of the essays together, to bring us a clear and vivid picture of this complex man. And he does it in a way that is easily readable. Almost conversational. I greatly enjoyed reading his work, and only wish that he were alive to hear me say so.

Bottom Line: Reader? Meet Abraham Lincoln.

**A big thank you to NetGalley and Open Road Integrated Media for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

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