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  • Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years | Carl Sandburg

    Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carl Sandburg
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    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.

    Joseph says: "No Spoiler Alert"
  • Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election that Brought on the Civil War | Douglas R. Egerton

    Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election that Brought on the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Douglas R. Egerton
    • Narrated By Michael Scherer
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    In early 1860, pundits across America confidently predicted the election of Illinois senator Stephen A. Douglas in the coming presidential race. Douglas, after all, led the only party that bridged North and South. But the Democrats would split over the issue of slavery, leading Southerners in the party to run their own presidential slate. This opened the door for the upstart Republicans, exclusively Northern, to steal the Oval Office. Dark horse Abraham Lincoln, not the first choice even of his own party, won the presidency with a record-low 39.8 percent of the popular vote.

  • Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year | David Von Drehle

    Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Von Drehle
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    As 1862 dawned, the American republic was at death’s door. The federal government appeared overwhelmed, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Union’s top general was gravely ill. The Confederacy - with its booming economy, expert military leadership, and commanding position on the battlefield - had a clear view to victory. To a remarkable extent, the survival of the country depended on the judgment, cunning, and resilience of the unschooled frontier lawyer who had recently been elected president. Twelve months later, the Civil War had become a cataclysm but the tide had turned.

    Sam Motes says: "Lincoln in all his glory"
  • Behind the Scenes in the Lincoln White House: Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House | Elizabeth Keckley

    Behind the Scenes in the Lincoln White House: Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Keckley
    • Narrated By Bobbie Frohman
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    A former slave who became a successful dressmaker with her own business, became the dresser, dressmaker and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln during Abraham Lincoln's presidential adminstration. Behind the Scenes tells the story of the rise of Elizabeth Keckley from abused slave to independent business woman to friend of the First Lady of the land during the Civil War.

    GMR says: "No Southern Accent"
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