Celebrating Lincoln’s Birthday: 5 Must-read Books on Abraham Lincoln

Author: Sherry Helms

Today is 204th birth anniversary of Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest political leaders in American history. On his birth day, let’s remember this legendary soul through the works of literature. Abraham Lincoln become a topic in literature shortly after his death following end of the Civil War, but the Lincoln writing matured during the second half of the twentieth century. Here, we have rounded up 5 must-read books on Abraham Lincoln covering different aspects of his life. Take a quick stroll:

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln - The life and times of Abraham Lincoln have been analyzed and described in countless books, but, this biographical work by esteemed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin covers Lincoln in a manner that offers completely fresh insights into his leadership style and his deep understanding of human behavior and motivation. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln’s mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation’s history.

Looking at Lincoln - This is the best introduction of Lincoln to children. As, Abraham Lincoln is one of the first giants of history children are introduced to, Maira Kalman shares Lincoln’s remarkable life with young readers in a fresh and exciting way.

Lincoln’s legacy is everywhere. We are still the United States because Lincoln helped hold them together. But, who was the Lincoln, really? The little girl in this book wants to find out. Among the many other things, she discovers our sixteenth president was a man who believed in freedom for all, had a dog named Fido, loved Mozart, apples, and his wife’s vanilla cake, and kept his notes in his hat. Kalman sheds light on every aspects of his life –from his boyhood in a log cabin to his famous presidency and untimely death.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years. Using the journal as his guide, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time, all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America - This is a riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. In his first work of history, bestselling author Bill O’Reilly recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history –how one gunshot changed the country forever. Featuring some of history’s most remarkable figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action, this groundbreaking book presents history that reads like a thriller.

Stealing Lincoln’s Body - In a lively and dramatic narrative, Thomas Craughwell digs up an intriguing and bizarre Lincoln tale that you perhaps didn’t learn about in your school –the plot hatched by a group of Chicago counterfeiters to steal the entombed embalmed body of Abraham Lincoln and hold it for ransom of $200,000 and the release of an imprisoned cohort. While taking us through the planning and execution of the crime and the outcome of the investigation, Craughwell sheds light on the rise of counterfeiting and grave robbery in America and the establishment of the Secret Service to combat it.

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