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Lincoln's Yarns and Stories: a complete collection of the funny and witty anecdotes that made Lincoln famous as America's greatest story teller   By: (1828-1909)

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In "Lincoln's Yarns and Stories," Alexander K. McClure skillfully curates the remarkable wit and humor of Abraham Lincoln, bringing to life the anecdotes that made him America's greatest storyteller. This comprehensive collection unveils a side of Lincoln that is often overlooked, showcasing his exceptional ability to captivate audiences with his humorous tales.

McClure's meticulous research and dedication to preserving Lincoln's stories is evident throughout the book. Each yarn is presented with precision and attention to detail, allowing the readers to immerse themselves in the world of the 16th President of the United States. From his early days as a lawyer and politician to his time in the White House, Lincoln's wit shines through in every story shared.

What truly sets this book apart is the insight it offers into Lincoln's personality and character. Through his tales, we gain a glimpse of his quick thinking, his empathy, and his keen sense of observation. Whether it is a lighthearted anecdote or a clever retort, McClure's compilation paints a vivid picture of Lincoln's wit, showcasing why he was able to connect with audiences on a profound level.

The book's organization is also commendable, with stories categorized thematically. This not only provides a systematic approach to the narratives but also helps readers navigate through Lincoln's diverse repertoire of tales. From the humorous recollections of his childhood to thought-provoking anecdotes about his presidency, there is something for everyone in this comprehensive collection.

McClure's writing style deserves praise as well, as he manages to capture the essence of Lincoln's storytelling technique. He seamlessly combines historical context with the humor, allowing readers to fully appreciate the significance of each yarn. His insightful commentary and analysis further enrich the experience, providing valuable context and background information to enhance our understanding of Lincoln's tales.

While the book primarily focuses on Lincoln's humor, it also offers a glimpse into the challenges and tragedies that marked his life. McClure deftly balances the light-hearted anecdotes with the deeper insights they convey, reminding us of Lincoln's ability to find humor even in the darkest times.

In conclusion, "Lincoln's Yarns and Stories" by Alexander K. McClure is an exceptional collection that sheds light on Abraham Lincoln's unparalleled storytelling talent. McClure's meticulous research and passionate curation bring Lincoln's wit back to life, showcasing his unique ability to connect with people through humor. This book is a must-read for history enthusiasts, as it offers a captivating glimpse into the life and character of one of America's greatest leaders.

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A Complete Collection of the Funny and Witty Anecdotes that made Abraham Lincoln Famous as America's Greatest Story Teller

With Introduction and Anecdotes

By Alexander K. McClure

Profusely Illustrated



ABRAHAM LINCOLN, the Great Story Telling President, whose Emancipation Proclamation freed more than four million slaves, was a keen politician, profound statesman, shrewd diplomatist, a thorough judge of men and possessed of an intuitive knowledge of affairs. He was the first Chief Executive to die at the hands of an assassin. Without school education he rose to power by sheer merit and will power. Born in a Kentucky log cabin in 1809, his surroundings being squalid, his chances for advancement were apparently hopeless. President Lincoln died April 15th, 1865, having been shot by J. Wilkes Booth the night before.


Dean Swift said that the man who makes two blades of grass grow where one grew before serves well of his kind. Considering how much grass there is in the world and comparatively how little fun, we think that a still more deserving person is the man who makes many laughs grow where none grew before.

Sometimes it happens that the biggest crop of laugh is produced by a man who ranks among the greatest and wisest... Continue reading book >>

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