Reviews for Abraham Lincoln : The Prairie Years and The War Years

Book News Reviews
He was a natural to write a biography of the prairie president. Sandburg has his roots there as well, and understood the plain speech, the wry humor, and the hard work. His portrayal of Lincoln had a quiet dignity about it and kept to the point, which was to describe how Lincoln grew up, read the law, took his ethics into the city, ran for office, waged war, and died just before he got to the promised land. Later biographies have emphasized Lincoln's psychology, or the rigors of his personal life, but Sandburg's portrait comes from two people of the prairie, himself and Lincoln. The illustrations here include what we would hope to see as well as what we never knew we would get to see. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Library Journal Reviews 2007 November #2

This is a lavishly illustrated edition of Sandburg's two Lincoln volumes.

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Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews
An illustrated edition of Sandburg's definitive Lincoln biography, this volume makes a handsome gift for a Lincoln buff. Sandburg's original work covered six volumes and won a Pulitzer Prize, and was widely hailed as the most noteworthy historical biography of its time. Familiarity with Lincoln's life makes this heavily abridged volume less revelatory, but Sandburg's prose is remarkable, capturing some of the spark of Lincoln's love of language. Here, Lincoln's birth welcomes him "into a world of battle and blood, of whispering dreams and wistful dust," and, a lifetime later, the poet-biographer notes that "None threw a longer shadow than he." Many of the images here also make this volume notable. From Lincoln's boyhood cabin to photos of his wife-to-be, from members of his cabinet to those who carried out his orders on battlefields, from the train car that took him to the White House to the one that bore his body, the photographs add an extra layer to our understanding of the man and his time. All in all, an excellent, well-written and concise biography of the president our country still so reveres. Photographs. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.