“Abraham Lincoln” is the biography of Lincoln by British author, scholar and politician Lord Charnwood. Born Godfrey Benson the year. Abraham Lincoln has ratings and 23 reviews. Lord Charnwood (Godfrey Rathbone Benson, 1st Baron Charnwood ), who served in. Abraham Lincoln has 9 ratings and 4 reviews. Andrew said: Abe Lincoln and the American Civil War has always been old and historic to me; Lord Charnwood’s.
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William Kristol, editor, The Weekly Standard The Weekly Standard Charnwood’sbiography remains one of the great landmarks in Lincoln literature because of its elegant style, itstransatlantic perspective, and its thoughtful, keenlyinvestigative approach to the subject.
We take note that Lincokn biography was written more than forty years prior to the publication of Basler’s Collected Works of Lincolnwhich to this writer’s mind makes the Englishman’s portrayal of Lincoln all the more chrnwood in its accuracy.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. He had training in historical research and his work exhibits evidences of industrious and careful investigation. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: He is won by the man Lincoln, as anyone who charnaood him fairly will be.
Lord Charnwood has given us chanrwood most complete interpretation of Lincoln as yet produced, and he has presented it in such artistic form that it may well become a classic.
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Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Absent any sign of fawning or, conversely, scathing ,ord, Charnwood’s study of Araham and his times came to readers in manageable scope, including, in my opinion, those events and observations that best captured a complex and admirable man without elevating him to the status of a god. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Picked this up after it was featured as a “masterpiece” by the Wall Street Journal.
From its British perspective, offering a fresh angle on an American legend, to its charming readability, Charnwood’s treatise-which was called, in”the best one-volume life of Lincoln ever written” by historian Benjamin Thomas-today remains one of the most intriguing examinations of the great president, and a keystone for understanding the evolution of Lincoln scholarship. Description “Lord Charnwood’s remains the best Lincoln biography. For more information, read Michigan Publishing’s access and usage policy.
The author’s observations in this book are so comprehensive and well supported that any serious study on Lincoln must take into account his conclusions. It possesses a noble rhythm that elevates it to the status of Classics. A slight free flowing language would have made the reading better.
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Jaffa, Philosophy Emeritus at Claremont McKenna College, Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate School Itshouldremainrobustly alive as long as readers arefascinated by the vagaries of individual character andenthralled by masterly storytelling.
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This book benefits by being from another country. Paperbackpages. The book is written in a formal style which I found as a deterrent to become an interesting read. A good read mostly talking about American civil war, rather than Lincoln’s life. The book shows how the limits of Lincoln’s education brought forth some of the best prose written in English and why the limits and clarity of his political priorities were fundamental to winning the Civil War.
Looking for beautiful books? Jwilday rated it liked it Feb 24, The book follows Lincoln from his impoverished youth to his great triumph, holding the Union together during its deepest crisis.
Abraham Lincoln by Godfrey Rathbone Benson Charnwood
Because the writer is not American, because he is raised in a very different political system he is acutely aware of what the American President is and is not.
His book sought the reasons behindLincoln’s actions and lifted the whole field of Lincolnstudies to an international plane which later writers wouldkeep in view. In taking his subject seriously, he draws conclusions about Lincoln’s thought and actions that display the moral seriousness not only of Lincoln’s project but the American experiment itself.
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It captures the spirit of the man, warts and virtues, and his spectacular wisdom. On this he fully knew his inner mind.
One person found this helpful. For Charnwood, this was the key to Lincoln’s popular appeal outside the United States and why he chanrwood his biography by commenting that if Lincoln “reflected much on forms of government it was with a dominant interest in something lincokn them.
The book was written in the historical “sweet spot”- decades removed from the tragedy of the American Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination but not so distant that memories had faded and historical records vanished.
Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. The masterpiece by Lord Charnwood is the most comprehensive and detailed biography of Lincoln.
This book benefits by being from another country. If this assessment seems too nostalgic if not antiquatedgiven the additional study of Lincoln conducted these chzrnwood four score and ten years since Charnwood’s biography, we cite a widely influential interpretation written over thirty years later for the reader to weigh against the Englishman. These books he did read, and read again, and pondered, not with any dreamy or purely intellectual interest but like one who desires the weapon of learning for practical ends, and desires also to have patterns of what life should be.
Its time proximity to both the Civil War, and to America’s founding and the problem of slavery, provide a unique perspective. Lord Charnwood’s llincoln gives us a deeper view of Lincoln the man, the politician, his core beliefs and personality. Aditi marked it as to-read Nov 16, In short, “He had been able to free the slaves, partly because he would not hasten to this object at the sacrifice of what he thought a larger purpose.
Thus Charnwood helps the reader catch what Hofstadter and others miss: In the words of Basler written in Please try again later. This is essential reading for anyone interested in Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, or American political history.
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Lincoln’s most significant action as the President was Emancipation Proclamation which paved the way for the Thirteenth Amendment and the Abolishment of slavery. Back cover copy No other narrative account of Abraham Lincoln’s life has inspired such widespread acclaim as Lord Charnwood’s Abraham Lincoln: Thomas Alley is currently reading it Sep 14, Want to Read saving….
Charnwood’s moral seriousness in his treatment of Lincoln does justice to the moral seriousness with which Lincoln himself dealt with the problem of preexisting slavery in a constitutional republic.
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