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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: Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: Abraham Lincoln: A Life Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781596594371
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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."

An Election Victory, Threats of Succession, and Appointing a Cabinet (1860-1861)


"I Have Been Elected Mainly on the Cry Honest Old Abe" - The Presidential Campaign (May - November 1860)

Lincoln campaigns for the presidency and the new Republican Party struggles to win the popular support of ex-Whigs and disaffected Democrats. They must also placate the Seward and Chase camps with patronage promises, fend off charges of being the party of 'negro equality' and keep the abolitionist elements of their coalition in line. Since presidential candidates did not themselves campaign across the country, both Lincoln and Douglas rely on surrogates to get their messages out to the public. The chapter closes with Lincoln's election victory being dampened by threats of Southern secession.

"I Will Suffer Death Before Me Will Consent to Any Concession or Compromise." - President-elect in Springfield (1860 - 1861)

Now the president-elect, Lincoln must contend with meeting hordes of office seekers, delivering on patronage promises and filling his cabinet with an eye on regional political calculations, all while talk of secession is building momentum throughout the South.

"What If I Appoint Cameron, Who's Very Name Stinks in the Nostrils of the People for His Corruption?" - Cabinet-Making in Springfield (1860 - 1861)

Navigating the minefield of both inter-party and regional politics, Lincoln begins to hand out patronage posts as well as fill his cabinet. His appointments of Cameron, Seward and Chase stir strong reactions both within and outside of the Republican Party, leaving few happy with Lincoln's choices. From the beginning, he struggles with Seward's ambition to control him and run the new administration. Secessionists begin taking over U.S. government facilities sparking outrage throughout the North, but Buchanan will not act decisively to remedy the situation, instead leaving it for Lincoln to deal with upon becoming president. As he and his family bid Springfield goodbye, Lincoln begins the delicate and momentous task of drafting his inaugural address.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 9/6/2012

    " 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 Nikki | 3/30/2012

    " I read as much of it as I could before I had to return it. Brilliant book. The end all in Abraham Lincoln biographies. I will own it in the future for my personal library. It's a must have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 9/20/2009

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 8/7/2009

    " 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 Sean Pratt | 8/3/2009

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ROBERT Block | 7/19/2009

    " 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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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 Narrator

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.