Eric Foner: Every Possible Lincoln, 17 December 2020
Show More Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times by David S. Reynolds.
Penguin, 1066 pp., £33.69, September, 978 1 59420 604 7Show More
The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln and the Struggle for American Freedom by H.W. Brands.
Doubleday, 445 pp., £24, October, 978 0 385 54400 9Show More
“... Abraham Lincoln
, memorialised as a child of the frontier, self-made man and liberator of the slaves, has been the subject of more than 16,000 books, according to David S. Reynolds’s new biography, Abe. That’s around two a week, on average, since the end of the American Civil War. Almost every possible Lincoln can be found in the historical literature, including the moralist who hated slavery, the pragmatic politician driven solely by ambition, the tyrant who ran roughshod over the Constitution, and the indecisive leader buffeted by events he could not control ...”