The Life of Abraham Lincoln
A.L. Burt, 1901 - 435 pages
"In his introduction to The Life of Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ketcham notes that there has been so much written about Lincoln that the legend has begun to obscure, if not to efface, the man. In this biography the single purpose has been to present the living man with such distinctness of outline that the reader may have a sort of feeling of being acquainted with him. Ketcham's clearly-written, unadorned account of Lincoln's life achieves its stated purpose, never removing its focus from the man who became the 16th President of the United States and led the nation through some of its most turbulent and difficult times." -- Amazon.com.
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A good review of how times were and how they have changed with a few inventions. Most of today's Americans couldn't have survived those days; of no central air (heat or a/c), one room cabins, dirty floors, and only three walls. Plus no cell phones with news at the touch of a finger and the media though bias but somewhat still realistic.
I liked the authors comparison to G. Washington, two Presidents with honor and integrity. Sadly we may never have another one to meet those expectations.
I also liked that the author lived in the day. Though sometimes poorly written, at lease he had a first hand knowledge of the circumstances and/or was able to add in some historical validity from persons involved in the actions and happenings of the day. I enjoyed his quotes and recounts from those who had dealings with Lincoln. Great read...
This book does a good job summarizing Lincoln's life and period. I like the fact it was written by someone who lived around the same time as Lincoln. It has good pace and stays interesting from beginning to end. In many ways it was a good primer to the book Team of Rivals. I say this because Ketcham's book does not get too bogged down in details, so it seems like a quick read and then other books (such as Team of Rivals) fill in the finer points about the Civil War, his cabinet, etc.