New PDF release: Abraham Lincoln. A Biography

By Lord Charnwood, Peter W. Schramm

ISBN-10: 1461662729

ISBN-13: 9781461662723

No different narrative account of Abraham Lincoln's existence has encouraged such common and lasting acclaim as Charnwood's Abraham Lincoln: A Biography. Written by way of a local of britain and initially released in 1916, the biography is a unprecedented mix of lovely prose and profound old perception. Charnwood's examine of Lincoln's statesmanship brought generations of american citizens to the existence and politics of Lincoln and the author's observations are so complete and well-supported that any severe learn of Lincoln needs to reply to his conclusions.

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In all alike they also encouraged a special kind of ability which may be called practical rather than thorough—that of a workman who must be competent at many tasks and has neither opportunity nor inducement to become perfect at one; that of the scientific man irresistibly drawn to inventions which shall make life less hard; that of the scholar or philosopher who must supply the new community’s need of lawyers and politicians. On the other hand, many of the colonists’ forefathers had come to their new home with distinct aspirations for a better ordering of human life than the old world allowed, and it has frequently been noticed that Americans from the first have been more prone than their kinsmen in England to pay homage to large ideal conceptions.

The dearest of his recollections attached to premature death; the next to chronic failure. Rightly or wrongly (and we know enough about heredity now to expect any guess as to its working in a particular case to be wrong) he attributed the best that he had inherited to a licentious connection and a nameless progenitor. Quite early he must have been intensely ambitious, and discovered in himself intellectual power; but from his twelfth year to his twenty-first there was hardly a soul to comprehend that side of him.

We have his letter to the old man on his death-bed, a letter of genuine but mild affection with due words of piety. He explains that illness in his own household makes it impossible for him to pay a last visit to his father, and then, with that curious directness which is common in the families of the poor and has as a rule no sting, he remarks that an interview, if it had been possible, might have given more pain than pleasure to both. Everybody has insisted from the first how little Abraham took after his father, but more than one of the traits attributed to Thomas will certainly reappear.

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