The Washington Post is asking readers to name their pick for the best biography of each president (or at least as many presidents as possible). When it comes to Lincoln, there’s a much wider selection than for most of the other White House occupants. Here are some of the cradle-to-grave treatments, listed alphabetically by author:
- Abraham Lincoln: A Life, by Michael Burlingame
- Abraham Lincoln, by Lord Charnwood
- Lincoln, by David Herbert Donald
- Abraham Lincoln, Redeemer President, by Allen C. Guelzo
- Abraham Lincoln: A History, by John Hay and John G. Nicolay
- With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln, by Stephen B. Oates
- Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years & The War Years, by Carl Sandburg
- Abraham Lincoln: A Biography, by Benjamin Thomas
- A. Lincoln: A Biography, by Ronald C. White
By the time you factor in the books on more specific aspects of Lincoln’s life—his religious beliefs, his presidency, his marriage, and so on—you’re dealing with an almost overwhelming amount of material to read, more than that for any other American.
If you’ve got a favorite biography of Lincoln, leave us a comment here at the blog and tell us what it is, and then head over to the WaPo site and add your suggestion.