Lincoln by David Herbert Donald (Paperback)
Editorial Review from Library Journal__Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, most recently for Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe (LJ 12/86), Donald proves himself the superb biographer of Lincoln, though two recent biographies, Michael Burlingame's The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln (LJ 4/1/94) and Merrill Peterson's Lincoln in American Memory (LJ 10/1/94), are both important studies. Donald's profile of the 16th president focuses entirely on Lincoln, seldom straying from the subject. It looks primarily at what Lincoln "knew, when he knew it, and why he made his decisions." Donald's Lincoln emerges as ambitious, often defeated, tormented by his married life, but with a remarkable capacity for growth and the nation's greatest president. What really stands out in a lively narrative are Lincoln's abilities to hold together a nation of vastly diverse regional interests during the turmoil and tragedy of the Civil War. Donald's biography will appeal to all readers and will undoubtedly corral its share of book awards. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.__Length: 720 pages, Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Language: English, Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches, Shipping Weight: 1.78 pounds__First Sentence:__Abraham Lincoln was not interested in his ancestry. In his mind he was a self-made man, who had no need to care about his family tree.