Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Skip this if you don't care about Lincoln

In honor of Lincoln's birthday today, I'm posting the list of selected biographies I mentioned in my last post. I wish I had had a nifty link, but I just couldn't find it on the Web, so had to resort to typing.

Abraham Lincoln: Selected Biographies

Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (3 vols.), c. 1889.
William H. Herndon and Jesse W. Weik (Herndon was Lincoln's last law partner in Springfield, IL)

The Life of Abraham Lincoln (2 vols.), c. 1900.
Ida M. Tarbell (her two brothers knew Lincoln)

Lincoln the President: Springfield to Gettysburg (2 vols.), 1945.
Lincoln the President: Midstream, c. 1952.
Lincoln the President: Last Full Measure, c. 1955.
James G. Randall

Abraham Lincoln: A Biography, c. 1952.
Benjamin Thomas

With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln, c. 1977.
Stephen B. Oates

Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America, c. 1995.
Mark E. Neely, Jr.

Lincoln, c. 1995.
David Herbert Donald

Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, c. 1999.
Allen C. Guelzo

Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America: A Biography, c. 2002.
William E. Gienapp

Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power, c. 2004.
Richard Carwardine


  1. Those are some uplifting-sounding titles. I think I'm going to include one of these the next time I present option to my book club. Thanks for posting them. Love, H

  2. Be sure to find out how loooong each book is before you do this. Your online public library catalog or the mighty Amazon can help. Amazon has reviews which might help you, too. I'd say, start with the end of the list and work back. The first titles are multi-volume and not likely to appeal to today's reader with short attention span - ha ha. Maj. Reader/Mom

  3. as a longtime reader-in-bed, i tend to FALL ASLEEP after a paragraph or two. but that doesn't stop me from reading nice long books. it just takes longer. i find it helps not watching TV...there's more time to read. and another th...zzzzzz


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