Originally published in six volumes, which sold more than one million copies, Carl Sandburg’s Abraham Lincoln was praised as the most noteworthy historical biography of Sandburg’s generation. He later distilled this monumental work into one volume that critics and readers alike consider his greatest work of nonfiction, as well as the most distinguished, authoritative biography of Lincoln ever published.
Growing up in an Illinois prairie town, Sandburg listened to stories of old-timers who had known Lincoln. By the time this single-volume edition was competed, he had spent a lifetime studying, researching, and writing about our 16th president. His extraordinary portrait brings fully to life the country lawyer who would become one of the most influential and beloved presidents of the American republic. Additional information about the author can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/carl.
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"A Lincoln whom no other man than Carl Sandburg could have given us." (Mark Van Doren, New York Herald Tribune Book Review)
Yes, we all know how the story ends.
But this significant book (44+hours) was well worth the listen. Carl Sandburg tells the story of Abraham Lincoln in a way that had me feeling like I knew the man. I learned the good, bad and completely unexpected about Mr. Lincoln, his beliefs, his relationships, his humour and the amazing times in which he lived.
Arthur Morey was a wonderful narrator, balancing his delivery and dialects in a measured, respectful and, I thought, unbiased way.
The ending was sad because it felt like I had lost a friend.
Realizing the gravity of whom the biography was written and who wrote it; both giants in their place in our history.
That it revealed the common themes of our politics then and now. It also emphasized how close the Union came to dissolution.
Arthur Morey was steadfast - it was a long book - that he brought remarkable sound to the written words of Sanberg.
I have a long commute and confess that I drove with wet eyes more than a few times.
Can I give six stars to the story? Apart from Jesus himself there may not ever have been a more remarkable man than A. Lincoln.
All of it
This is The definitive history of Abraham Lincoln written as writers used to write and by a master. No matter how familiar you are with the life and times of Lincoln, listen to/read this book.
Written by Carl Sandburg, narrated by Arthur Morey, a very long audiobook - over 44 hours of listening. Although originally released way back in 1954, this audiobook format was released in 2013.
Two American legends. One, Carl Sandburg - poet, author. The other, Abraham Lincoln. This alone should tell you this book is a pretty decent listen. Predominantly a history of the United States from the late 1700s through the end of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln is also recommended for anyone interested in an understanding of Lincoln, the man.
Abraham Lincoln is a compilation of Sandburg’s decades of research. The book is filled with Lincolnesque homily, often disconnected, one line insights as an attempt to convey Lincoln, his time, character, friends, enemies, and Lincoln’s humble roots. Typical of the writings of the time, the prose is wordy and some would say verbose. Starting with details about Lincoln’s heritage, his grandfather also being an Abraham Lincoln, his father Tom, the brief life of his mother Nancy Hanks, the book traverses Lincoln’s life, election, presidency, the American Civil War, through his ultimate assassination in April of 1865.
Narration by Arthur Morey is superb. It’s apparent that Morey admired Sandburg’s writing and Abe himself.
If you are interested in the preeminent insight into Lincoln, an in-depth look at his foibles and amazing intellect, this read is a must. It is also an excellent American history lesson. Enjoy!
It is the only audio book of Carl Sandburg's six volume Pulitzer prize winner which I have read three times so I was compelled to buy it. The book is not on trial in my review, it is Arthur Morey. Is Mr. Morey an American? There were so many affected pronunciations that I suspected Morey learned the American dialect as a second language. How can anyone pronounce the name Rosecrans with three syllables? He says "Roze-ah-kranz" instead of "Roze-kranz" like he started to pronounce the name and had to stop in the middle of it, insert an "ah" before he remembered the last syllable. There are many more examples.
Secondly, I suspect this book is abridged, not unabridged as advertised. I could not find the vignette about the blind soldier that Lincoln met in his carriage in Washington.
There is only one character in a six volume biography of Abraham Lincoln.
He did a good job, professional but not top tier. His pronunciations (Englander?) are distracting but do not ruin the performance.
Nothing. I do not care about his wife's goats, his kiddie books, crappy guitar playing,lousy singing, and mediocre poetry; what did do was write a magnificent biography of Abraham Llincoln. He could of died after "The War Years" was published in 1939 as far as I am concerned. Well, he did write the poem "Chicago" but that was before the Lincoln biography.
I wish I could prove this book is abridged, but my copy of "The Prairie Years" and " The War Years" was ruined by flood.
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