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Peter Wehner on Charnwood’s Lincoln

Wehner discusses lessons to be learned from Lord Charnwood’s classic Lincoln biography at Commentary.

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Trilogy of Lincoln books forthcoming from former Clinton aide

Sidney Blumenthal, a former presidential aide to Bill Clinton, has written a three-volume biography of Lincoln to be published by Simon & Schuster.  The first volume will be released in 2015.

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WaPo readers’ picks for best presidential biographies

Not long ago we mentioned an informal poll conducted by The Washington Post, asking readers to name the best biographies of each American president.  The results of that survey are in.  The volumes selected for Lincoln include recent single-volume treatments by David Herbert Donald and Stephen B. Oates alongside older works by Carl Sandburg and Lord Charnwood, as well as Doris Kearns Goodwin’s bestselling Team of Rivals.

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What’s your favorite Lincoln biography?

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.

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