Weekly describes this book as “the most meticulously
researched Lincoln biography ever written. Burlingame’s Lincoln comes alive as
the author unfolds vast amounts of new research while breathing new life into
familiar stories. It is the essential title for the bicentennial.” Publishers Weekly also notes, “The book need not be
heard in one sitting. Each part stands alone.” Now what Doris Kearns Goodwin
calls a “profound and masterful portrait” has been split into various chapters.
“We must fight the devil with
Slasher Gaff Politico in Springfield
(1837–1841): Lincoln’s studies lead to him becoming a successful lawyer in
Illinois. He is often published anonymously during the political campaign of
1837 and his works include detailed rebuttals against opposing politicians. As
a pivotal member of the Whig party, Lincoln openly begins to condemn mob
violence and lynching, and begins to publicly denounce slavery in his speeches.
This chapter details much of the wrongdoings and disorderly conduct that mark
the political landscape of the time.
“It would just kill me to marry Mary Todd”
Courtship and Marriage (1840–1842): This
chapter is entirely dedicated to Lincoln’s courtship and marriage to his wife,
Mary Todd. His complete opposite, she is abusive, spiteful, argumentative and
extremely thrifty. Many attribute Lincoln’s drive to become president to her,
as even before their marriage, she referred to herself as a president’s wife
and her disagreeable temperament often drove him out of the domestic realm and
into the streets with the common people, making him extremely popular in the
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