Volume 1 covers Lincoln's early childhood, his experiences as a farm boy in Indiana and Illinois, his legal training, and the political ambition that led to a term in Congress in the 1840s. In Volume 2, Burlingame examines Lincoln's life during his presidency and the Civil War, narrating in fascinating detail the crisis over Fort Sumter and Lincoln's own battles with relentless office seekers, hostile newspaper editors, and incompetent field commanders. Burlingame also offers new interpretations of Lincoln's private life, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd and the untimely deaths of two sons to disease. But through it all - his difficult childhood, his contentious political career, a fratricidal war, and tragic personal losses - Lincoln preserved a keen sense of humor and acquired a psychological maturity that proved to be the North's most valuable asset in winning the Civil War.
This landmark audiobook establishes Burlingame as the most assiduous Lincoln biographer of recent memory and brings Lincoln alive as never before.
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By Adam on 03-11-17
This was an extremely engaging audio book. There were no moments of long drawn out information spewing. A very lively story. Very excited to move on to the next volume. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is Mr. Pratt mispronounced a handful of words multiple times. Not that I think I could do any better. It was just really distracting.
By Edmund on 27-10-17
Long and dry.
The book is full of excessive detail that gets in the way of telling a good story about a great man. Reminded me of times I've been trapped next to someone at a dinner party who felt compelled to give me every precise fact about whatever they were describing.
The reader is one of my least favorite - too dramatic. His souther accent is almost like fingernails on a blackboard - maybe not THAT bad.
I was hoping Vol 2 would be better, but it was similar.
Wonderful topic . . . not presented in a manner I enjoyed. The Carl Sandburg book is better. Shelby Foote's work about the Civil War is better still.