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Lincoln af David Herbert Donald
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Lincoln (original 1995; udgave 1996)

af David Herbert Donald (Forfatter)

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Biografi om den amerikanske præsident (1809-1865).
Medlem:WilliamAButler
Titel:Lincoln
Forfattere:David Herbert Donald (Forfatter)
Info:Simon & Schuster (1996), Edition: 1st Touchstone Ed, 720 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Skal læses
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Lincoln af David Herbert Donald (1995)

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Studying slavery and the civil war as a history major in college, I've previously run into Lincoln and in particular this book. Donald has received extensive praise for this biography. I never took time to actually read the entire thing at once though. Now that I have, I can confidently say it deserves every bit of praise. The number of subjects covered, Donald's consistency and depth of insight, his skill in delineating fact and opinion in the treatment of each subject, and the sheer readability of this book are enough to justify its plaudits. What lies beyond any praise I can offer, however, is the quality of the writing. Donald's prose is stunning in its simple delivery of complex information. And yet it remains accessible enough for a threateningly drowsy end-of-day train read.

With Lincoln as a subject it is not terribly difficult to find the man. Despite his private nature, Lincoln revealed himself in all his writing and interactions. He was a people person, and he never shied away from presenting himself in multi-faceted ways. That makes for an engrossing subject already, and a talented historian can readily uncover that. It can, however, be difficult to find something interesting to say that hasn't already been said. Donald both uncovers the man and adds to the conversation on Lincoln in every instance of import. His ability to cut to the core of historical issues and help the reader understand why they mattered is unmatched. For these reasons Donald's Lincoln has revived and added upon my appreciation for one of the United States's greatest leaders. I will be reading more Lincolniana very soon! ( )
  yorga2020 | Aug 30, 2020 |
I was expecting something a little better from the famed writer Gore Vidal, but nonetheless this was interesting and worthwhile. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Mar 10, 2019 |
Excerpts from my original GR review (Mar 02, 2009):
- Read for Abe's 200th birthday. This was clearly written as a comprehensive one-volume history of Lincoln. As such it is well done. You won't get deep into his mind, nor is this at all intended as a Civil War history. But this is an excellent starting point for a factual, chronological tour of his amazing life. His intimates, from his successful law practice to the cabinet, are given considerable coverage here. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Jan 24, 2018 |
A biography with unique approach: telling the Lincoln life story from Lincoln's perspective of what he knew and when he knew it.

An extensive, highly readable book that covers Lincoln's professional life as an attorney and politician without sentiment. Lawyer Lincoln began his career humbly and slowly gained confidence and clients, until he became one of the leading trial lawyers in the mid-west. David Donald's Lincoln is a political leader who suffered many more failures than successes and achieved political sainthood only after his assassination and death.

This Lincoln biography allows a reader to go back in time and see how President Lincoln was judged by his peers, his constituents and the press: as a physically unattractive seemingly country bumpkin; disorganized executive; and an early poor judge of military talent who slowly learned how to manage this important resource. This is a book that reminds us that however we judge contemporary political leaders, we never know how they will fare in history. I read the book many years ago, and was compelled to re-read it and enjoy it even more the second time. ( )
  kenkarpay | Jun 17, 2017 |
Engaging biography of a man who was plucked from obscurity—though he liked to say he never lost a direct election, his most recent political adventure had been losing a senatorial race to Stephen Douglas—and evolved into one of our most revered presidents. Donald paints a picture of a man who had a strong core that enabled him to get past some initial missteps; a determined learner who always felt a little insecure about his lack of formal education, but would do as much work as necessary to master a task; and a gentle person who nonetheless survived a political culture so toxic that it actually turned into civil war. Bonus: as pundits have always done, pundits announced that his political career was over after he lost the Senate race to Douglas. In some ways the main lesson of American political history is: never listen to anyone who tells you “X’s career is over.” ( )
  rivkat | Mar 17, 2016 |
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Donald is practically a legend as a scholar and a teacher, having trainedcountless historians, including me. Thus, expectations are incredibly high. Still, in his own quiet, firm manner, Donald meets theburdens of his reputation. While this biography may not represent the final word on Lincoln, it will almost surely be the firstword on the subject for generations to come.
 
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