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Abraham Lincoln: A Life Boxed set - 2008

by Michael Burlingame


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This award-winning biography has been hailed as the definitive portrait of Lincoln.

Named One of the 5 Best Books of 2009 by The AtlanticNamed One of the 10 Top Lincoln Books by Chicago Tribune Winner, 2008 PROSE Award for Best Book in U.S. History and Biography/Autobiography, Association of American PublishersWinner, 2010 Lincoln Prize from the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College

In the first multi-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln to be published in decades, Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame offers a fresh look at the life of one of America's greatest presidents. Incorporating the field notes of earlier biographers, along with decades of research in multiple manuscript archives and long-neglected newspapers, this remarkable work will both alter and reinforce our current understanding of America's sixteenth president.

Volume 1 covers Lincoln's early childhood, his experiences as a farm boy in Indiana and Illinois, his legal training, and the political ambition that led to a term in Congress in the 1840s. In volume 2, Burlingame examines Lincoln's life during his presidency and the Civil War, narrating in fascinating detail the crisis over Fort Sumter and Lincoln's own battles with relentless office seekers, hostile newspaper editors, and incompetent field commanders. Burlingame also offers new interpretations of Lincoln's private life, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd and the untimely deaths of two sons to disease.

In volume 2, Burlingame examines Lincoln's presidency and the trials of the Civil War. He supplies fascinating details on the crisis over Fort Sumter and the relentless office seekers who plagued Lincoln. He introduces readers to the president's battles with hostile newspaper editors and his quarrels with incompetent field commanders. Burlingame also interprets Lincoln's private life, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd, the untimely death of his son Willie to disease in 1862, and his recurrent anguish over the enormous human costs of the war.

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Lincoln Prize, Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College

PROSE Award for Best Book in U.S. History and Biography/Autobiography, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division, Association of American Publishers

Named One of the 5 Best Books of 2009 by "The Atlantic"

Named One of the 10 Top Lincoln Books by "Chicago Tribune

"In the first multi-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln to be published in decades, Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame offers a fresh look at the life of one of America's greatest presidents. Incorporating the field notes of earlier biographers, along with decades of research in multiple manuscript archives and long-neglected newspapers, this remarkable work will both alter and reinforce current understanding of America's sixteenth president.

"A magisterial enterprise."--William Safire, "New York Times"

"No review could do complete justice to the magnificent two-volume biography that has been so well-wrought by Michael Burlingame."--Christopher Hitchens, "Atlantic Monthly

""The author knows more about Lincoln than any other living person."--James McPherson, "New York Review of Books

""This book supplants [Carl] Sandburg and supersedes all other biographies. Future Lincoln books cannot be written without it, and from no other book can a general reader learn so much about Abraham Lincoln. It is the essential title for the bicentennial."--James L. Swanson, "Publishers Weekly

""Burlingame is a towering figure in Lincoln scholarship, and students of the 16th president have been waiting for this book for years. For all his learning--Burlingame may know more about Lincoln and his era than anyone in the world--his take on his subject is fresh, and he doesn't gloss over Lincoln's less appealing attributes. Abraham Lincoln comes as close to being the definitive biography as anything the world has seen in decades."-- "Time"

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  • Title Abraham Lincoln: A Life
  • Author Michael Burlingame
  • Binding Boxed Set
  • Edition First edition
  • Pages 2008
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
  • Date 2008
  • ISBN 9780801889936 / 0801889936
  • Weight 9.5 lbs (4.31 kg)
  • Dimensions 10.5 x 7.5 x 5 in (26.67 x 19.05 x 12.70 cm)
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 19th Century
    • Chronological Period: 1851-1899
    • Topical: Civil War
  • Library of Congress subjects Presidents - United States, Lincoln, Abraham
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2007052919
  • Dewey Decimal Code B

Media reviews

Citations

  • Books & Culture, 11/01/2009, Page 16
  • Choice, 09/01/2009, Page 0
  • Chronicle of Higher Education, 03/20/2009, Page 17
  • New York Review of Books, 09/24/2009, Page 58
  • New York Times Book Review, 02/08/2009, Page 10
  • Publishers Weekly, 11/03/2008, Page 50
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books, 11/03/2008, Page 29

About the author

Michael Burlingame is Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield. He is the author or editor of several books about Lincoln, including Lincoln Observed: Civil War Dispatches of Noah Brooks, published by Johns Hopkins, and The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln.

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