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Publisher's Summary

This collection of Lincoln's letters gives us a glimpse into the inner self of a great American president. After a brief autobiography, the letters appear chronologically, beginning with his courtship and early political life and continuing into the presidency. In these letters, Lincoln reveals his private side. His letter to Mrs. Orville Browning is a parody of his rejected proposal. In the letter to John T. Stuart, he reveals his depression at breaking his engagement with Mary Todd, with whom he is later reconciled and eventually marries. In letters to his friend, Joshua Speed, he laments the loss of resolve, the "chief gem" of his character. The letters to generals and statesmen give us insight into Lincoln as a commander and deepen our understanding of the Civil War. Beautifully performed by George Vail, this program provides a unique insight into the man, the times, and the making of this country.
(P) and ©1994 Commuter's Library

Critic Reviews

  • Winner of Publishers Weekly Audio: Best of the Year 1995, Historical Works.

"George Vail's resonant voice captures the nuances of the letters with smooth expression....He reflects Lincoln's warmth, humor, and steel with assurance." (AudioFile)

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Pass

Narrator is real Dry hard to listen to. Content not that interesting. Team of Rivals, Lincolns Melancholy or Lincoln on Leadership are much better.

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Excellent in every way!

You really believe Honest Abe is reading a the letter of this life and times.