Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years & The War Years: One-Volume Edition

Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years & The War Years: One-Volume Edition Civil War And History Buffs As Well As All Lovers Of Fine Writing Will Delight In The Detail And Accuracy Of Carl Sandburg S Definitive, Best Known Biography Of Honest Abe Representing A Lifetime Of Study By The Great American Poet, Abraham Lincoln The Prairie Years And The War Years Distills Sandburg S Monumental Six Volume Set Into A Single One Book Edition By Gleaning Every Possible Reference From History, Literature, And Popular Lore, Sandburg Successfully Captures Not Only The Legendary President, But Also Lincoln The Man He Reveals Exactly Who Lincoln Was, And What Forces In His Life Shaped His Personality More Than Black And White Historical Photographs And Linecuts Show Lincoln Himself, The Places He Went, And The People Who Knew Him

Carl August Sandburg was an American writer and editor, best known for his poetry He won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for his poetry and another for a biography of Abraham Lincoln H L Mencken called Carl Sandburg indubitably an American in every pulse beat.For info see

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  • Hardcover
  • 762 pages
  • Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years & The War Years: One-Volume Edition
  • Carl Sandburg
  • English
  • 19 June 2017
  • 9780883658321

10 thoughts on “Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years & The War Years: One-Volume Edition

  1. says:

    It is easy to see why Carl Sandburg s account of Abraham Lincoln is so beloved, since it focuses so much on Lincoln the folk hero I enjoyed this book a lot, though its style kind of a Thomas Wolfe rip off got on my nerves after a while.Two Lincoln anecdotes I highlighted, which give a good sense of the book s tone Protests of innocence often came from men plainly guilty They reminded Lincoln of a governor who visited a state prison The convicts one by one had the same story of innocence and of wrongs done them At last the governor came to one who frankly said he had committed a crime and the sentence given him was perfect justice I must pardon you, said the governor, I can t have you here corrupting all these good men And Six days after the Fort Pillow massacre Lincoln spoke at a Sanitary Fair, reminded his Balti soldiers that in looking out on so many people assembled to serve the Union soldiers, the fact was that three years earlier the same soldiers could not so much as pass through Balti We all declare for liberty but in using the same word, we do not all mean the same thing With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men s labor The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep s throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as a liberator, while the wolf denounces his for the same act as a destroyer of liberty, especially as the sheep was a black one Plainly the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon the definition of the word liberty and precisely the same difference prevails today among us human creatures, even in the North, and all professing to love liberty

  2. says:

    Look, there are obviously lots of Lincoln biographies out there, and I have read many of them, but after having read this book, I have concluded that the others are merely imitations of Sandburg some of them very good imitations, certainly, and worth your time, but imitations nonetheless.Consider that this book is a condensed version of Sandburg s six volume biography of Lincoln, and you realize that its level of detail is merely suggestive of the detail to be found in the six volume set.

  3. says:

    This is a biography of Lincoln by the esteemed poet Carl Sandburg I was born just up the road, US Route 34 in Kewanee , from his home town of Galesburg, Illinois Thus, I have always had a soft spot for this version of Lincoln s life As a poet, Sandburg s version tends to be epic and mythical and less critical in its examination of Lincoln For all of that, the book still works well The first part, The Prairie Years, recounts Lincoln s youth and early career before he attained the presidency The story, of course, starts with his family settling in Kentucky, where Lincoln was born in 1809 Later, he moved with his family to Illinois Lincoln began in New Salem and later moved to Springfield Sandburg s depiction of his development, to becoming a practiced attorney, his political ambitions, his brief time in the militia, lays out the standard treatment of Lincoln, written extraordinarily well Many anecdotes dot the volume We see his doomed relationship with Ann Rutledge and his rocky courtship of Mary Todd The discussion of his famous debates with Stephen Douglas in the Senate Campaign that brought him national visibility and rendered him viable as a potential presidential candidate is well told Then, the work goes on to explore his place in the Civil War The volume speak poignantly of the family tragedy that he experienced the death of a child is always difficult , the strained relationship with his wife, the challenges of orchestrating the Union s war effort In a sense, this is a poetic, lyric, romanticized view of Lincoln It could scarcely be anything else, I think, given Sandburg s perspective Nonetheless, for that, this is still a compelling work and worth a read.

  4. says:

    Abraham Lincoln lived before he became a politician He farmed, he worked on the Mississippi River hauling freight, he labored with ordinary people He truly was born in a cabin with a dirt floor He had no benefit of an education, but devoured every book that he could get his hands on, eventually becoming a lawyer This unabridged version of his biography chronicles every part of his professional life Lincoln was a man with a dry sense of humor He was a great storyteller He was a modest man Some ridiculed him for his homespun appearance and faulty grammer But his empathy, his steadiness, his tenaciousness were the source of his greatness He preserved our nation as one entity and he abolished the evil of slavery I found myself mourning his passing over one hundred and fifty years after he drew his last breath.

  5. says:

    I finished listening to this audible book with tears in my eyes I suffered from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and I gloried in the prose of Carl Sandburg Sandburg noted that when Lincoln died he became a legend surrounded by mythology And so this book did not seem so much to be a compilation of historical truth as a collection of homegrown stories The reading was superb with the inflection of the people of the times And yet I would like to think the stories and the anecdotes captured the truth of the man and the times There is the historical struggle about the truth of whether the Civil War was to free the slaves or preserve the union It is fair to say that the book captures Lincoln as both a hero and a villain.

  6. says:

    4 13 My mother bought me the 6 volume Sangamon edition at an old bookstore in Sonoma, CA I opened the first red bound volume of The Prairie Years on Lincoln s 200th birthday after visiting his birthplace in Hodgenville and then driving across Kentucky to Springfield, IL I started The War Years in 2010, 150 years after Lincoln s first election in 1860, and have pretty much kept pace a volume at a time, following his presidency 150 years later So I just finished Volume Four, covering 1863 and the first part of 1864 This important year began with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and went on to the New York draft riots that inspired the movie Gangs of New York, Gettysburg, the bravery of former slaves fighting in battle depicted in the movie Glory , the Gettysburg Address, and the run up to Lincoln s re election in 1864 I found especially poignant the scene at the end of 1863 when the Statue of Freedom was raised atop the newly completed Capitol dome This had special meaning this year, as Marla and I attended President Obama s Second Inauguration under that dome we got engaged at the top of the dome, beneath the Statute of Freedom , and our former boss Senator Schumer spoke from the platform about how the completion of the dome in the midst of the ongoing Civil War signified that a united country would be achieved and live on.5 09 Just finished volume one of the six volume Sangamon edition While this Lincoln biography has been poked at in light of better and recent historical research, it is unmatched for its beauty and poetry in the telling of LIncoln s life Reading it, one gets a cinematic view of Lincoln s life, his mind, and the country and the world that was developing around him as he developed into one of the great heroes of all time To read this book is, at times, to look him in the eye.3 10 150 years later, this book lays out in very poetic terms why Lincoln has become THE American icon Volume Two begins with his professional life as a lawyer in Illinois, goes through the LIncoln Douglas debates, Cooper Union speech, and the 1860 campaign for the presidency At the end of this chapter, as Lincoln boards the train in Springfield and says goodbye to his hometown for the last time, Sandburg captures the sense of triumph and foreboding that shrouded the occasion.

  7. says:

    I ve been reading a lot this year, and the books I pore over, the disgruntled I become It was in reading this book, strangely, that I realized the possible cause the range of narrative voice employed by authors especially contemporary literary ones is extremely limited The opening few pages of Sandburg s second of three volumes on Lincoln reads like his poetry, which reads a lot like Whitman s poetry It is flowing, free and expansive, lyrical The rest reads like a history book, which is fair that s what the book is intended to be, after all The fact that I was hoping for something else something subjective and poetic, an unabashed mythologization of Lincoln but not so unabashed as to have him slaying vampires is irrelevant Why are there so few eccentric and distinct narrators Perhaps it is the mark of an immature reader to even want one When I compile a list of some of the best examples works by Hunter Thompson, Mark Twain, The Catcher in the Rye it seems that it is the same list likely to be found in the favorites of avid readers aged 15 21 I don t believe that, though Poets have often write in distinct voices, and are not denigrated for the strategy, and that is telling, in a way Poetry is reliant on rhythm, and rhythm is what truly gives a narrative voice its identity I suspect that the problem is in who reads, and who decides what is published and how The support base for literary texts is very narrow, I imagine this is based on no hard evidence, and barely any soft evidence Educated, probably Upper middle class and above, probably Based on those two factors alone, additional racial, regional and cultural profiling could be extrapolated, based on the various and marked inequalities that exist along those lines.Back to Sandburg s biography of Lincoln, it isn t written with the flare I expected from one of America s better poets, and, from what I ve read on the internet the best place to find facts , it is not the most reliable account of its subject Maybe read the first 4 or 5 pages, and then go see the movie in which the 16th president of the United States plays poker with the undead.

  8. says:

    I wanted to learn about Lincoln.and this book delivered Wonderful writing with plenty of detail.

  9. says:

    A superb one volume version of Sandburg s six volume biography of our most cherished and beloved president from The Prairie Years of Lincoln s youth in Kentucky and Illinois, training himself in the law, and in practical, frontier politics, to his successful bid for the presidency during the bitter and divisive 1860 campaign and finally the enormous challenges he confronted during The War Years of his presidency.Aside from the personality and character of Lincon himself, who literally and figuratively towered over his contemporaries, other figures who stand out among the statesmen and leaders of that era include Stephen A Douglas, William T Sherman, Ulysses S Grant, and Robert E Lee, all men of outstanding moral and physical courage and personal integrity.Watching the trailers and promotional commercials for the recent movie Lincoln , I was a bit alarmed at one scene in which Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln shakes his fist at his advisers and asserts I am the President of the United States endowed with enormous power , which seemed to be out of character for Lincoln as Sandburg depicts him that is, until, low and behold, I reached the part of the book in which Sandburg describes Lincoln as using those very words to demonstrate his authority and to encourage his advisers to see to it that the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery was passed.Good for Carl Sandburg, Steven Spielberg and Mr Lincoln

  10. says:

    I read this when I was a senior in high school, and when I finished the final volume after nearly two months of reading, I cried because there was no to read This is an amazing rendition of Abraham Lincoln s life If you read it out loud, it is beautiful to hear It is a pleasure to have the words roll off of one s tongue A few of Carl Sandburg s poems are this way, such as Choose Something Like a Star If I am not mistaken, this is the longest and most comprehensive biography that has been written Mr Sandburg also wrote a condensed version of this biography in one volume, which I have also read.

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