This hefty Library of America anthology, edited by Lincoln scholar Holzer (co-chairman of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission), is a solid compilation of work on Abraham Lincoln from a diverse selection of writers in various genres, celebrating his extensive legacy and providing insight from a number of angles and time periods. From William Cullen Bryants introduction of the little-known Illinois Republican at Cooper Union in Manhattan to Barack Obamas 2007 presidential candidacy announcement (made on Lincolns birthday at Springfields Old State Capitol, where Lincoln delivered his House Divided speech), Holzer follows the presidents legacy through marquee names like Whitman, Hawthorne, Tolstoy, Marx, Churchill and Doctorow. Including a helpful index and a chronology of Lincolns life, this voluminous, thorough collection will keep Lincoln fans reading well past the beloved presidents upcoming bicentennial. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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