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Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should Read

Here is a list of the best Lincoln books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Lincoln (1996)

 Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should ReadA masterful work by Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Herbert Donald, Lincoln is a stunning portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency.Donald brilliantly depicts Lincoln’s gradual ascent from humble beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever-expanding political circles in Illinois, and finally to the presidency of a country divided by civil war. Donald goes beyond biography, illuminating the gradual development of Lincoln’s character, chronicling his tremendous capacity for evolution and growth, thus illustrating what made it possible for a man so inexperienced…
Author(s): David Herbert Donald

2. Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel (2018)

 Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should Readfirst novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a…
Author(s): George Saunders

3. A Lincoln Treasure Trove (2019)

 Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should ReadA few of the lesser-known facts found in A Lincoln Treasure Trove “According to Cicero, ‘In history nothing is sweeter than pure and clear brevity.’ A Lincoln Treasure Trove uses clarity and brevity to present an amazing accumulation of facts and stories, much of which we never knew.” “The biggest problem with reading A Lincoln Treasure Trove is you keep looking up and saying, ‘I didn’t know that’!” “Every ‘Lincoln’ or ‘History Buff’ needs to read A Lincoln Treasure Trove to truly know him.” #870,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #50002 in American History #3519…
Author(s): Fred Antil

4. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2006)

 Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should ReadAcclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln’s political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over…
Author(s): Doris Kearns Goodwin

5. A. Lincoln: A Biography (2010)

 Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should ReadEveryone wants to define the man who signed his name “A. Lincoln.” In his lifetime and ever since, friend and foe have taken it upon themselves to characterize Lincoln according to their own label or libel. In this magnificent book, Ronald C. White, Jr., offers a fresh and compelling definition of Lincoln as a man of integrity–what today’s commentators would call “authenticity”–whose moral compass holds the key to understanding his life. Through meticulous research of the newly completed Lincoln Legal Papers, as well as of recently…
Author(s): Ronald C. White

6. Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times (1993)

 Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should ReadYou think you have it rough?Only ten days before Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union, taking all Federal agencies, forts, and arenas within their territory. To make matters worse, Lincoln, who was elected by a minority of the popular vote, was thought of by his own advisors as nothing more than a gawky second-rate country lawyer with no leadership experience.What Lincoln did to become our most honored and revered president is history; now his wisdom and leadership philosophy can help you run your business. In Lincoln on Leadership you’ll…
Author(s): Donald T. Phillips

7. Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books (2006)

 Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should ReadIn a tiny log cabin a boy listened with delight to the storytelling of his ma and pa. He traced letters in sand, snow, and dust. He borrowed books and walked miles to bring them back. When he grew up, he became the sixteenth president of the United States. His name was Abraham Lincoln. He loved books. They changed his life. He changed the world. #37,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #100 in Children’s Historical Biographies (Books) #4 in History of Books #19 in Children’s US Presidents & First Ladies Biographies Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this…
Author(s): Kay Winters, Nancy Carpenter

8. Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness (2006)

 Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should Read Giving shape to the deep depression that pervaded Lincoln’s adult life, Joshua Wolf Shenk’s Lincoln’s Melancholy reveals how this illness influenced both the president’s character and his leadership. Lincoln forged a hard path toward mental health from the time he was a young man. Shenk draws from historical record, interviews with Lincoln scholars, and contemporary research on depression to understand the nature of his unhappiness. In the process, he discovers that the President’s coping strategies—among them, a rich sense of humor and a tendency toward quiet reflection—ultimately helped him to lead…
Author(s): Joshua Wolf Shenk

9. Lincoln: A Photobiography (Houghton Mifflin social studies) (1989)

 Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should ReadAbraham Lincoln stood out in a crowd as much for his wit and rollicking humor as for his height. This Newbery Medal-winning biography of our Civil War president is warm, appealing, and illustrated with dozens of carefully chosen photographs and prints.Russell Freedman begins with a lively account of Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood, his career as a country lawyer, and his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd. Then the author focuses on the presidential years (1861 to 1865), skillfullly explaining the many complex issues Lincoln grappled with as he led a deeply divided nation through the Civil War. The…
Author(s): Russell Freedman

10. Lincoln: A Novel (The American Chronicle Series) (2000)

 Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should ReadGore Vidal’s Narratives of Empire series spans the history of the United States from the Revolution to the post-World War II years. With their broad canvas and large cast of fictional and historical characters, the novels in this series present a panorama of the American political and imperial experience as interpreted by one of its most worldly, knowing, and ironic observers.To most Americans, Abraham Lincoln is a monolithic figure, the Great Emancipator and Savior of the Union, beloved by all. In Gore Vidal’s Lincoln we meet Lincoln the man and Lincoln the…
Author(s): Gore Vidal

11. Greetings from the Lincoln Highway: A Road Trip Celebration of America’s First Coast-to-Coast Highway (2019)

 Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should ReadThe Lincoln Highway was the first continuous road to connect the coasts, allowing newly motorized Americans to cross the country by car. This book allows readers to travel across 100 years of the highway, from New York City to San Francisco, with stops at historic landmarks, bridges, taverns, movie palaces, diners, gas stations, ice cream stands, tourist cabins, and roadside attractions. Color maps and stories of the highway take readers through 14 states, with excerpts from memoirs and old postcards giving a feel for what early motoring was like–the good, the bad, and the muddy. The book is organized by state, with…
Author(s): Brian Butko, Chris Epting

12. Death Match (2012)

 Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should ReadLewis and Lindsay Thorpe were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many blemishes. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room (having committed double suicide), alarms go off in the towering Manhattan offices of Eden Incorporated, the high-tech matchmaking company whose spectacular success, and legendary secrecy, has inspired awe around the world. The Thorpes, few people knew, were more than the quintessential happy couple – they were Eden’s first perfect match.A short time later, Christopher Lash, a gifted former FBI forensic…
Author(s): Lincoln Child

13. Looking at Lincoln (2017)

 Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should Read     Who was Lincoln really? This little girl wants to find out. She discovers, among other things, that 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. From his boyhood in a log cabin to his famous presidency and untimely death, Maira Kalman shares Lincoln’s remarkable life with young readers in a fresh and exciting way. #149,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #408 in Children’s Books on the U.S. #74 in Children’s Political Biographies (Books)…
Author(s): Maira Kalman

14. The Lincoln Lawyer (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel) (2016)

 Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should ReadMickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers — they’re all on Mickey Haller’s client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence, it’s about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it’s even about justice.A Beverly Hills playboy arrested for attacking a woman he picked up in a bar chooses Haller to defend him, and…
Author(s): Michael Connelly

Best Lincoln Books Everyone Should Read

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Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy: The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander: A Memoir

Author(s): by Lincoln Alexander (Author), Herb Shoveller (Collaborator)
ID: 1308747, Publisher: Dundurn, Year: March 26 2012, Size: 30 Mb, Format: pdf

Lincoln’s Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation

Author(s): Douglas Waller
ID: 2395260, Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Year: 6 Aug 2019, Size: 71 Mb, Format: epub

President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman

Author(s): William Lee Miller
ID: 2391516, Publisher: Knopf, Year: 5 Feb 2008, Size: 531 Kb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really record-breakers according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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