Forget what you think you know about Abraham Lincoln. Yes, he was a brilliant orator, a shrewd politician, and a determined leader who guided us through the bloodiest war in American history. But he also was a terrible dresser, rarely bothered to comb his hair, annoyed his colleagues by constantly reading out loud, loved raunchy stories, and let his kids run all over him. Baker & Taylor
Author and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer sifted through nineteenth-century letters, diary entries, books, and speeches written by people who knew Lincoln and offers up the real skinny on the man who was arguably America's greatest president. From the famous—Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Ulysses S. Grant—to the not-so-famous—White House secretaries, artists, bodyguards, childhood pals, and a rejected fiancée—this collection presents a revealing, and at times contradictory, view of our sixteenth president, from his boyhood through his White House years. These firsthand anecdotes and recollections strip away the myths and legends to uncover the authentic Abraham Lincoln before the history books got hold of him.
Letters, diary entries, books, and speeches suggest Lincoln was a terrible dresser, loved bawdy jokes and stories, and was a push-over around childrenBook News
Nineteenth-century letters, diary entries, book excerpts, and speeches written by those who met and knew Abraham Lincoln reveal him to be a terrible dresser who rarely combed his hair, as well as a shrewd politician and brilliant orator. Selections encompass Lincoln's boyhood up to his assassination. Many selections have not been published for over a century. Holzer is vice president of communication at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has published and lectured widely on Lincoln and the Civil War. 5.5x7. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)Blackwell North Amer
Lincoln As I Know Him is a collection of nineteenth-century letters, diary entries, book excerpts, and speeches written by people who actually met Abraham Lincoln: How did abolitionists and slaveholders invited to the White House view him? Why, were Lincoln's childhood playmates jealous of him? How did fellow lawyers rate his legal skills?
These pieces, organized into reminiscences from family, friends, military men, foes, artists, and other - with lively commentary from editor Harold Holzer - take us from Lincoln's boyhood up to his assassination.Baker
Sifting through letters, diary entries, books, and speeches for information about Lincoln the man, the author unearthed evidence that he was a terrible dresser, loved baudy jokes and stories, and was a push-over around children.