Over the past several years I have found myself growing more and more into a history buff. I have always been drawn to Abraham Lincoln, but I found that I really did not know much about his life. For anyone wishing to gain a great knowledge of Abraham Lincoln, “Lincoln” by David Herbert Donald is the resource.
It covers the spectrum of his whole life. Donald creates a wonderful portrait of how Lincoln’s early life, life as a circuit lawyer, life as a politician, live as a husband and father, and the tragedies he experienced all prepared him to be our 16th President. The author did a great job of showing his humanness and imperfections.
Early on as President, Lincoln struggled to be decisive and sadly it was only after his re-election that he really grasped the role. But in the end he struck to the values and principles of life he learned early on. I was surprised at how emotional I felt during the vivid detail of the assassination and death.
Part of the text was a bit repetitive especially the few final chapters, but it was well worth the read.