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Lincoln: A Foreigner's Quest

von Jan Morris

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With a fresh eye and inimitable style, the peerless travel and history writer Jan Morris journeys through the life of Abraham Lincoln to sketch an insightful new portrait of America's sixteenth president, one of our greatest and most enigmatic figures. Looking past his saintly image and log-cabin legend, Morris travels from Lincoln's birthplace to the White House to the infamous Ford Theater and conjures him in public and in private, as politician and as father, as commander-in-chief and as husband. With her skepticism and humor and marvelous sense of place, Morris seamlessly blends narrative, history, and biography to reveal the man behind the myth.… (mehr)
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A mediocre look at how an "outsider" to American culture and history sees the popularity of the 16th president. I don't dislike the book, but it is not particularly insightful either. ( )
  greyback | Aug 31, 2011 |
When Jan Morris first went to the US in the 1950s, the hagiographic cult of Lincoln was at its peak; for the next fifty years, she travelled in and wrote about the country, encountering fleeting glimpses at every turn, until she sat down and wrote this book to make sense of it all. A journey retracing his travels from the backwoods to the White House is coupled with marvellous set-piece sketches of prying neighbours gossiping about an eccentric lawyer in Springfield or of a visiting English couple taking tea with the President. It's a lovely portrait, sympathetic and evocative, and you emerge with a much better understanding of a man by turns kind and ruthless, principled and pragmatic - but above all, to quote Marx (of all people), someone "who became great while remaining good".
1 abstimmen generalising | Dec 18, 2007 |
In the end, Morris succeeds in chipping away years of accumulated polish to get to the core of the Lincoln legend. In doing so, she helps us to see a good man for what he really was and what he means to us as Americans.
hinzugefügt von John_Vaughan | bearbeitenHistory Net, Carl Zebrowski (Jun 26, 2011)
 
“He was essentially a nice man,” she sighs. By the time she visits somber Gettysburg, she is gushing with admiration for a rough-hewn, unrefined, but exquisitely gentle commoner who rose to meet the challenge of his times, and help promote the meddlesome idealism of millennial America. Caustic, patronizing, and misinformed: Lincoln for Dummies
hinzugefügt von John_Vaughan | bearbeitenKirkus (Jul 21, 1999)
 
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With a fresh eye and inimitable style, the peerless travel and history writer Jan Morris journeys through the life of Abraham Lincoln to sketch an insightful new portrait of America's sixteenth president, one of our greatest and most enigmatic figures. Looking past his saintly image and log-cabin legend, Morris travels from Lincoln's birthplace to the White House to the infamous Ford Theater and conjures him in public and in private, as politician and as father, as commander-in-chief and as husband. With her skepticism and humor and marvelous sense of place, Morris seamlessly blends narrative, history, and biography to reveal the man behind the myth.

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