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Lincoln; An Account of his Personal Life, Especially of its Springs of Action as Revealed and Deepened by the Ordeal of War   By: (1867-1935)

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In Nathaniel W. Stephenson's thought-provoking and deeply insightful book, the life of Abraham Lincoln is brought vividly to life. "Lincoln; An Account of his Personal Life, Especially of its Springs of Action as Revealed and Deepened by the Ordeal of War" provides an intimate exploration of the man behind the legendary American president.

Stephenson's extensive research is evident in the thoroughness with which he examines Lincoln's personal life. By delving into Lincoln's childhood, early adult years, and his relationships with family and friends, the author presents a comprehensive portrait of the man's character and values. From Lincoln's humble beginnings to his rise to the presidency, every aspect of his personal journey is meticulously chronicled.

Where this book truly shines, however, is in its examination of how Lincoln's personal experiences informed his actions during the Civil War. Stephenson masterfully demonstrates the profound impact that war had on Lincoln's perspective, both politically and emotionally. Through detailed analysis, the author reveals how the immense challenges and sacrifices of the war fueled Lincoln's drive for emancipation and reconciliation, transforming him into the iconic leader we admire today.

Stephenson's writing style is engaging and accessible, making this biography an enjoyable read for both history enthusiasts and casual readers. His ability to bring historical events to life with vivid descriptions and well-researched anecdotes is commendable. The author avoids excessive jargon or convoluted arguments, ensuring that readers of all backgrounds can easily understand and appreciate the narrative being presented.

One of the book's strongest features is its inclusion of primary source material, including letters and speeches, providing readers with direct insights into Lincoln's personality and thoughts. This method adds a level of authenticity and credibility to the author's claims, enabling readers to form a more comprehensive understanding of this remarkable leader.

While the breadth of information provided can sometimes be overwhelming, Stephenson's organized approach and clear writing style help to mitigate this potential challenge. However, it is worth noting that readers seeking a concise or surface-level overview of Lincoln's life may find this book to be more detailed than they anticipated.

In conclusion, "Lincoln; An Account of his Personal Life, Especially of its Springs of Action as Revealed and Deepened by the Ordeal of War" by Nathaniel W. Stephenson offers an illuminating and comprehensive exploration of one of America's greatest presidents. Stephenson's adept storytelling, meticulous research, and deep analysis make this biography an essential addition to any history enthusiast's bookshelf. Through this captivating account, readers gain an intimate understanding of the man who steered the United States through one of its darkest periods, leaving an indelible mark on the nation's history.

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An Account of His Personal Life, Especially of Its Springs of Action as Revealed and Deepened by the Ordeal of War

By Nathaniel Wright Stephenson

Authority for all important statements of facts in the following pages may be found in the notes; the condensed references are expanded in the bibliography. A few controversial matters are discussed in the notes.

I am very grateful to Mr. William Roscoe Thayer for enabling me to use the manuscript diary of John Hay. Miss Helen Nicolay has graciously confirmed some of the implications of the official biography. Lincoln's only surviving secretary, Colonel W. O. Stoddard, has given considerate aid. The curious incident of Lincoln as counsel in an action to recover slaves was mentioned to me by Professor Henry Johnson, through whose good offices it was confirmed and amplified by Judge John H. Marshall. Mr. Henry W. Raymond has been very tolerant of a stranger's inquiries with regard to his distinguished father. A futile attempt to discover documentary remains of the Republican National Committee of 1864 has made it possible, through the courtesy of Mr. Clarence B. Miller, at least to assert that there is nothing of importance in possession of the present Committee. A search for new light on Chandler drew forth generous assistance from Professor Ulrich B... Continue reading book >>

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