By Sidney Blumenthal

the 1st in a sweeping, multi-volume historical past of Abraham Lincoln—from his vague beginnings to his presidency, demise, and the overthrow of his post-Civil conflict plan of reconciliation—“engaging and informative and…thought-provoking” (The Christian technological know-how Monitor).

From his formative years as a voracious newspaper reader, Abraham Lincoln grew to become a unfastened philosopher, analyzing Tom Paine, in addition to Shakespeare and the Bible. within the “fascinating” (Booklist, starred assessment) A Self-Made Man, Sidney Blumenthal finds how Lincoln’s antislavery pondering begun in his formative years in backwoods Kentucky and Indiana. Intensely bold, he held political aspirations from his earliest years. but he used to be a socially awkward suitor who had a apprehensive breakdown over his lack of ability to house the other intercourse. His marriage to the higher type Mary Todd used to be an important to his social aspirations and his political occupation. “The Lincoln of Blumenthal’s pen is…a courageous revolutionary dealing with racist attacks on his faith, ethnicity, and extremely legitimacy that echo the anti-Obama birther movement….Blumenthal takes the wily pol of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals and is going deeper, discovering a Vulcan good judgment and House of Cards ruthlessness” (The Washingtonian).

Based on prodigious learn of Lincoln’s list, and of the interval and its major avid gamers, Blumenthal’s strong biography displays either Lincoln’s time and the fight that consumes our personal political debate. this primary quantity lines Lincoln from his beginning in 1809 via his schooling within the political arts, upward push to the Congress, and fall into the desolate tract from which he emerged because the guy we realize as Abraham Lincoln. “Splendid…no possible come clear of studying A Self-Made Man…without eagerly watching for the resultant volumes.” (Washington Monthly).

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