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4.48 out of 54.48 out of 54.48 out of 54.48 out of 54.48 out of 5 4.48 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Foner Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781400189601
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In this landmark work of deep scholarship and insight, Eric Foner gives us the definitive history of Abraham Lincoln and the end of slavery in America. Foner begins with Lincoln's youth in Indiana and Illinois and follows the trajectory of his career across an increasingly tense and shifting political terrain from Illinois to Washington, D.C. Although "naturally anti-slavery" for as long as he can remember, Lincoln scrupulously holds to the position that the Constitution protects the institution in the original slave states. But the political landscape is transformed in 1854 when the Kansas-Nebraska Act makes the expansion of slavery a national issue. A man of considered words and deliberate actions, Lincoln navigates the dynamic politics deftly, taking measured steps, often along a path forged by abolitionists and radicals in his party. Lincoln rises to leadership in the new Republican Party by calibrating his politics to the broadest possible antislavery coalition. As president of a divided nation and commander in chief at war, displaying a similar compound of pragmatism and principle, Lincoln finally embraces what he calls the Civil War's "fundamental and astounding" result: the immediate, uncompensated abolition of slavery and recognition of blacks as American citizens. Foner's Lincoln emerges as a leader, one whose greatness lies in his capacity for moral and political growth through real engagement with allies and critics alike. This powerful work will transform our understanding of the nation's greatest president and the issue that mattered most. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin Pauls | 2/6/2014

    " Fascinating and well-researched book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Gibson | 1/22/2014

    " Brilliant quasi-biography focused on Lincoln's ever-evolving approach to slavery. The book cements my view that Lincoln learned greatness during the course of his presidency. The book also gave appropriate attention to Lincoln's work as a practical politician, dealing with his party, congress, and patronage issues. Favorite anecdote: when Lincoln's black valet, William H. Johnson died in 1864, Lincoln arranged for him to be buried in Arlington cemetery, with a headstone (paid for by Lincoln) that read "CITIZEN." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 1/14/2014

    " Awesome. Dense. I put it down and then picked it back up a couple times. Well researched. It's a great examination of Lincoln views on slavery and how they evolved over time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry | 1/13/2014

    " Revealing Makes you think, angry, appreciate and wonder. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Verena | 12/6/2013

    " It took me two whole months to get through this 18-hour audiobook, but it was hugely interesting and educational. I'd probably never have plowed through it had I actually read it, but it was a pleasure to listen to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Katz | 11/27/2013

    " Honors History Requirement- No Review Necessary "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Layla | 9/10/2013

    " A thorough and fascinating account of the evolution of Lincoln's thoughts on slavery and race in America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Lovejoy | 6/27/2013

    " I always enjoy learning more about Abraham Lincoln. This book showed so well how Lincoln grew into his greatness because he was willing to grow. This growth often required great humility. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Online-University of-the-Left | 3/26/2013

    " Terrific insight into the conflict in Lincoln's thinking between his adherence to natural rights, and his initial opposition to equal rights--among many other things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 12/17/2012

    " I read this during the recent presidential election (2012). It gave me a perspective for the current political impasse and appreciation for the difficulties of leadership in trying times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck Bradley | 9/20/2012

    " Another Lincoln Bio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Barnett | 6/16/2012

    " Absolutely the best history book I've ever read. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Read it!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jud Barry | 12/17/2011

    " If you read only one book about the Civil War, it should be this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taja | 10/12/2011

    " Well-blanced historical account of Lincoln's presidency. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/17/2011

    " This is a comprehensive, academic study of Lincoln's view of slavery in the social context of the mid-19th century. It became rather tedious but the information is remarkable. His political genius was clear as he struggled to keep the party and union together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 5/16/2011

    " Great read that treats Lincoln properly as a politician, not a god-like statesman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 5/2/2011

    " Lincoln is one of my favorite subjects & his views on slavery are what I am most interested in. It was great reading about how his views evolved regarding race as he experienced new facts & events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 3/25/2011

    " History buffs: Just when you thought you knew everything about Lincoln. Fascinating analysis about a pivotal time, and a very interesting man. Author gets a gold star for this in my book!
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 1/30/2011

    " An excellent read. Well written, reasonably balanced. Great history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoAnn | 1/22/2011

    " This is an excellent book on the development of Lincoln and his attitudes toward slavery. The work is well researched and well written.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Lincoln and the fight for freedom in America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/21/2011

    " This is a comprehensive, academic study of Lincoln's view of slavery in the social context of the mid-19th century. It became rather tedious but the information is remarkable. His political genius was clear as he struggled to keep the party and union together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janis | 1/11/2011

    " A thorough, definitive and fascinating chronicle of Lincoln's changing relationship to the institution of slavery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joant | 1/7/2011

    " This might be an example I use for doing research well. I enjoyed reading of Lincoln's change. Why can't we see change in politicians as a good thing? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jud | 11/11/2010

    " If you read only one book about the Civil War, it should be this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 10/22/2010

    " Superb. Foner's nuanced study of Lincoln and slavery is must-reading for anyone interested in the cause of the Civil War. "

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About the Author
Author Eric Foner

Eric Foner is an American historian and a faculty member of the department of history at Columbia University. He is the leading contemporary historian of the Reconstruction period. In 2011 his Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize. His Reconstruction, considered the definitive work on the period, won many prizes for history writing. Foner’s Gateway to Freedom was a New York Times bestseller in 2015.

About the Narrator

Norman Dietz is a writer, voice-over artist, and audiobook narrator. He has won six Earphones Awards and was named one of the fifty “Best Voices of the Century” by AudioFile magazine. He and his late wife Sandra transformed an abandoned ice-cream parlor into a playhouse, which served “the world’s best hot fudge sundaes” before and after performances. The founder of Theatre in the Works, he lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.