David Herbert Donald's Lincoln is a
stunningly original portrait of Lincoln's life
and presidency. Donald brilliantly
depicts Lincoln's gradual ascent from humble
beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever- expanding
political circles in Illinois, and finally to the
presidency of a country divided by civil war.
Donald goes beyond biography, illuminating the
gradual development of Lincoln's character,
chronicling his tremendous capacity for evolution
and growth, thus illustrating what made it possible
for a man so inexperienced and so unprepared
for the presidency to become a great moral leader.
In the most troubled of times, here was a man
who led the country out of slavery and preserved
a shattered Union -- in short, one of the greatest
presidents this country has ever seen.