I try to avoid abridged editions, but was so eager to "read" this one, that I got this version accidentally - and then realized that there isn't an unabridged one. The abridgement is neither seamless nor smooth - for example, stories of Lincoln's youth are referred to, but never told. The reader/listener can "feel" the holes in the narrative. Dang!
That being said, it is clear that this is a wonderful book, carefully researched, with creative connections and educational historial parallels (ex - Seward and Rumsfeld taking hits for their President's war decisions). I am loving it, and wishing I could have had all of it. Wait for the unabridged version!
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