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Download Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 5 3.64 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fred KaplanPh.D. Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Whether he was composing love letters, speeches, or legal arguments, words mattered to Abraham Lincoln. An admirer and avid reader of Byron, Burns, and Shakespeare, Lincoln was the most literary of our presidents. His views on love, liberty and human nature were all shaped by his reading and knowledge of literature.

Kaplan explores Lincoln's life through his use of language as a vehicle for complex ideas and feelings and as an instrument of persuasion and empowerment. Like the other great canonical writers of American literature - a status he is gradually attaining - Lincoln had a literary career that is inseparable from his life story.

Kaplan focuses on the elements that shaped the form of Lincoln's mental and imaginative world: how his use of language molded his identity, relationships, and career; and how it simultaneously generated both the distinctive political figure he became and the public discourse of the nation.

Since Lincoln, no president has written his own words and addressed his audience with equal and enduring effectiveness. Kaplan's unique account of Lincoln's life and career highlights the shortcomings of the modern presidency and reminds us that the effective and honest use of language is a necessity for a successful democracy. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 1/24/2014

    " This book gives tremendous insite in to Lincoln the human being "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Kissell | 12/20/2013

    " Well written and very insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yolanda | 12/20/2013

    " This is a fascinating treatment of Lincoln, not only a sketch of his life, but more importantly a detailed description of the development of his mind through what he studied. His command of the language and literature is legendary. I really enjoyed this book. Until the end, of course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy Melvin | 12/2/2013

    " Aesop's fables, the Bible, Burns, Byron, Shakespeare; Lincoln's greatest literary influences are mined as references for his own masterly use of and deep respect for language and literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 12/2/2013

    " A hybrid book that never quite decides whether to be a biography laced with lit crit or a literary study in biographical context. Kaplan traces a few major influences -- the Bible, Shakespeare, Burns, Byron, and Emerson -- through Lincoln's life & writing; he finds some interesting echoes but rides his horses too hard. He is best at showing Lincoln's essayist approach to speechwriting and his faith in the power of words to move the nation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 11/7/2013

    " I finally memorized the Gettysberg Address, and can now see how he became to write it the way he did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 10/22/2013

    " Inerseting insight into this little explored aspect of Lincoln's life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Comaskeyk001 | 10/13/2013

    " reading too much about Lincoln, but this one has an interesting twist "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 9/21/2013

    " This book was more political than personal, not my thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 6/16/2013

    " Very detailed study of the influences on Lincoln's prose style. Well done, but tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cate Bogue | 5/28/2013

    " Got a lot of new insight, and I love the subject, so I enjoyed the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suanne | 5/27/2010

    " There is no magic in this book to show Lincoln's love of writing. Dry and boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 11/6/2009

    " Some parts are more captivating than others, but if you're interested in Lincoln's education as a writer, and want to know more about his forays into poetry, his love of Shakespeare, etc., then you'll likely find this interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Spears, CPO | 5/27/2009

    " Barrack is reading it... why shouldn't I? "

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