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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Burlingame Narrator: Sean Pratt, Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: Abraham Lincoln: A Life Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781596594258
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Publishers 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 Gildan Media brings to you, chapter by chapter, what Doris Kearns Goodwin calls a "...profound and masterful portrait."

A Mid-Life Crisis and a Re-Entry to Politics (1849-1855)

"I was losing interest in politics and went to the practice of law with greater earnestness than ever before" - Mid-life Crises (1849-1854)

This point in Lincoln's life is marked by a sudden return to the practice of law. Highly moral and judicious, he often took little or no money for cases, and would not represent a client if he didn't believe in his case. Lincoln tried to settle many cases out of court. He developed a persona of being affable and open, especially to juries, giving him a noted advantage. He also served on the circuit courts, where lawyers had to prepare cases quickly and where lodging was often quite difficult to find. This period is marked by the passing of both Lincoln's son Eddie and his father, and it notes Lincoln's acceptance of Christianity.

"Aroused as he had never been before" - Reentering Politics (1854-1855)

The encroachment of slavery to other states caused Lincoln to put a hold on his law career and take up the cause of abolition. He was derogatorily attacked by opposing politicians who are against his ideals. Lincoln was approached by the anti-foreign, anti-Catholic Know Nothing party asking for his representation in the legislature, which he refused. In many speeches, Lincoln begins to attack the morality of Southern slave-holders and the hypocrisy of slavery existing in the U.S. He is also narrowly defeated in his bid for senate.

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  • “No review could do complete justice to the magnificent two-volume biography that has been so well-wrought by Michael Burlingame.”

    Christopher Hitchens

  • “A magisterial enterprise.”

    New York Times

  • “If you aspire to ultimate Lincoln knowledge this is a must-read.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A complete view of Lincoln's life…thorough.”

    US News and World Report

  • “These monumental volumes deserve a wide readership.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “This book supplants [Carl] Sandburg and supersedes all other biographies. Future Lincoln books cannot be written without it, and from no other book can a general reader learn so much about Abraham Lincoln. It is the essential title for the bicentennial.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ROBERT Block | 7/15/2013

    " two volumes of pure Lincoln from all aspects of his life,speehes and interaction with those indivduals who were instrumental in shaping the country once and for all.A must read for all Lincoln Lovers "

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    " This book was really good and all encompassing. I think I gave it 3 stars simply for its' length and dedication of time that I needed to give it. It is really a behemouth of a book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 3/2/2013

    " 5++ stars. the best and most complete portrait of Lincoln I've ever read. On a par with Caro's LBJ biography for pure illumination of a political mind. "

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 7/8/2011

    " Extraordinary detail. Not always an easy read but this biography brings Lincoln to life. Having read this before the Spielberg film, the Daniel Day-Lewis portrayal is impressive and rings true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Pratt | 4/13/2011

    " Fantastic book! Truth be told, I'm also the narrator for the audio book version. It's projected to be 80 hours long. "

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About the Author

Michael Burlingame is the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois, Springfield. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life and The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln; he is also the editor of An Oral History of Abraham Lincoln: John G. Nicolays Interviews and Essays and Lincolns Journalist: John Hays Anonymous Writings for the Press, 1860–1864. Burlingame has received a number of awards and accolades throughout his career, including the Abraham Lincoln Association Book Prize, the Lincoln Diploma of Honor from Lincoln Memorial University, and was inducted into the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. He currently resides in Springfield, Illinois.

About the Narrators

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.