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Recollections of Abraham Lincoln 1847-1865

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"Recollections of Abraham Lincoln 1847-1865" by Ward Hill Lamon offers a unique perspective on the life and presidency of one of America's most iconic figures. Lamon, a close friend and confidant of Lincoln, provides firsthand accounts of their time together, shedding light on the personal side of the man behind the myth.

Through Lamon's recollections, readers gain insight into Lincoln's character, his sense of humor, and his leadership style. The book is filled with anecdotes and stories that humanize Lincoln, showing him as a man who faced challenges with humor and grace.

One of the most compelling aspects of the book is Lamon's depiction of Lincoln's relationships with his family, his staff, and the individuals he encountered during his presidency. Lamon's insights into Lincoln's thoughts and feelings during key moments in history are both enlightening and poignant.

Overall, "Recollections of Abraham Lincoln 1847-1865" provides a valuable glimpse into the life of one of America's greatest presidents. Lamon's firsthand accounts offer a fresh perspective on Lincoln's legacy, making this book a must-read for anyone interested in American history.

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Abraham Lincoln came to the presidency under a heavy shroud of uncertainty, not only about his threatened life but, of course, the very existence of the United States, which was already falling apart. Ward Hill Lamon was, in effect, his first Secret Service agent, his security guard and this biography, heavily edited by his daughter, Dorothy Lamon sets down for posterity many details surrounding Lincoln's near-fatal journey to his inauguration, how he dealt with day to day presidential decisions and a wide range of interpersonal relationships with the visionaries, schemers and power brokers surrounding him. - Summary by John Greenman

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