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Most people know little more about the US President Abraham Lincoln than how he met his end - assassinated in a box at the theatre by a gunman. But as Booker Prize-winning novelist Thomas Keneally shows in this short but enthralling biography, Lincoln's origins, his early life, his self-taught lawyer's career and how he became a politician and ultimately US President, is an epitome of the American Dream. If Lincoln - without the benefits of class, wealth or contacts - could reach the pinnacle of US political life then so might anyone else. Keneally has long been absorbed by Lincoln's life and letters, upon which he draws for this biography.

 

Details

ISBN: 9780297829782
Series: Lives
Audience: Tertiary Education (US: College)
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 160
Publication Date: 20 Feb 2003
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 20.9(H) x 14.1(L) x 2.6(W)
Weight (gm): 360

 

Reviews

Finished copies of LINCOLN have gone out with a press date of 27th February.'...the author portrays the president with considerable colour and sensitivity...an excellent introduction to this supreme figure in American history.'Raymond Seitz, THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH '[an] admirably lucid, elegant biography ofAmerica's greatest and most tragic president. The narrative crackles with energy...The Lincoln industry in Amreica is as productive as our Churchill industry, and this addition to the canon is a model of what a concise popular biography should be.'Chistopher Silvester, THE SUNDAY TIMES 'It is Keneally's simple concentration on the man himself that makes this biography so unusual and alluring.'Andrew Rosenhein, GUARDIAN ''An engaging introduction to one of America's most elusive icons."GOOD BOOK GUIDE '...by concentrating on the character of the man Thomas Keneally introduces us to a new, more human Lincoln and provides genuinely new insight into the influences and beliefs that helpedshape his personality.'YORKSHIRE EVENING POST There has also been a large rev

 

Author Biography

Thomas Keneally, of Irish extraction, was brought up in Australia and lives in Sydney. His novels include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Confederates and Schindler's Ark (later turned into a remarkable film by Steven Spielberg).
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