The Best American History Essays on Lincoln

Paperback | December 23, 2008

EditorSean WilentzbySean Organization of American Historians

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This new volume in the Best American History Essays series brings together classic writing from top American historians on one of our greatest presidents. Ranging from incisive assessments of his political leadership, to explorations of his enigmatic character, to reflections on the mythos that has become inseparable from the man, each of these contributions expands our understanding of Abraham Lincoln and shows why he has been such an object of enduring fascination.
 
Contributions include:
* James McPherson on Lincoln the military strategist
* Richard Hofstadter on the Lincoln legend
* Edmund Wilson on his contribution to American letters
* John Hope Franklin on the Emancipation Proclamation
* James Horton on Lincoln and race
* David M. Potter on the secession
* Richard Current on Lincoln's political genius
* Mark Neely on Lincoln and civil liberties

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This new volume in the Best American History Essays series brings together classic writing from top American historians on one of our greatest presidents. Ranging from incisive assessments of his political leadership, to explorations of his enigmatic character, to reflections on the mythos that has become inseparable from the man, each...

Sean Wilentz is the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History at Princeton University. He regularly writes on history and politics for publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and Salon.com. His most recent book is The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln. He lives in New York City.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.22 × 6.17 × 0.78 inPublished:December 23, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230609147

ISBN - 13:9780230609143

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"Fascinating . . . It brings together a kind of Platonic ideal of a scholarly Lincoln dinner party. The guests include Richard Hofstadter, James McPherson, David Herbert Donald, John Hope Franklin and--to ensure a boisterous, unpredictable evening--Edmund Wilson."--Los Angeles Times "A must-read for Lincoln addicts."--Boston Globe "Are you ready for all Lincoln all the time? Do you worry that you’ll need some help in cutting through the bicentennial blather? If you’re looking for a quick refresher . . . try The Best American History Essays on Lincoln . . . impeccable scholarship and deliberate judgment on display throughout."--The New York Observer "Intelligent . . . This compendium of Lincoln essays boasts some of the biggest names in The Business (The Business of Writing About History, that is) . . ."--Chicago Tribune "This collection assembles 11 essays that are vigorously argued, well-written opinions about Lincoln the person and Lincoln the politician. Readers of popular Lincolnalia will be intrigued by this tome's sampling of professional historians' perspectives on the sixteenth U.S. president."--Booklist "Princeton professor Wilentz has selected the best essays on Lincoln from World War II to the present. The selection is an interesting cross between the respectful and the skeptical, ranging from historians such as Richard Hofstadter . . . to biographers like David Herbert Donald."--Newsday "Sean Wilentz has assembled some of the finest writing on Lincoln by the last two generations of historians. The book offers a marvellous starting point for understanding Lincoln and his career."--Eric Foner "In their own time, these provocative and highly original essays sliced their way toward cutting-edge reappraisal of Abraham Lincoln. They have not only 'long endured,' but like well-stored wine, have deservedly evolved into must-have classics, well worth a second and third appraisal. It is both a valuable service to historians and a welcome treat for readers everywhere to welcome back this all-star roster of scholars, often at the top of their form, in one irresistible volume."--Harold Holzer, Co-Chairman, U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission