Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln. Douglas L. Wilson.

Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln

Alfred A. Knopf, January 1998. Hardcover. Used - Very Good / Very Good. Item #233979
ISBN: 067940788X

Focusing on the crucial years between 1831 and 1842, Wilson's skillful analysis of the testimonies and writings of Lincoln's contemporaries reveals the individual behind the legends. We see Lincoln as a boy: not the dutiful son studying by firelight, but the stubborn rebel determined to make something of himself. We see him as a young man: not the ascendant statesman, but the canny local politician who was renowned for his talents in wrestling and storytelling (as well as for his extensive store of off-color jokes). Wilson also reconstructs Lincoln's frequently anguished personal life: his religious skepticism, recurrent bouts of depression, and difficult relationships with women - from Ann Rutledge to Mary Owens to Mary Todd.

Douglas L. Wilson lets readers see how Abraham Lincoln transformed himself in the 1830s and '40s from a kind of country bumpkin into a sophisticated political figure who would become one of our greatest presidents. This is a fascinating book that makes readers reexamine their ideas about the emergence of America's 16th president. 2 maps. 3 photos.

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