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Lincoln Love

I can’t say that I’m much of a history buff, but there was an interesting article that caught my eye in the Wall Street Journal last week about the overwhelming amount of books there are in the market about President Lincoln. Of course it’s clear that books about Honest Abe sell nicely—just take a look at Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s Killing Lincoln or Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals. And according to the article, a minimum of 20 more books about Lincoln are set to be published in the next year!

But what I hadn’t thought about before that the article explained so well is how one subject—or one person, really—can reach such a wide audience. Besides for the obvious fascinating and fatal historical events, Lincoln as a man was beyond extraordinary. For one, he’s the perfect example of someone who achieved the American Dream, all while experiencing personal tragedies. But, part of what makes him so interesting is that, as the article points out, he is still mysterious: “Scholars continue to debate how and when he came to the decision to end slavery.”

But, if you’re already sick of him, the buzzed about Lincoln movie with Spielberg directing and starring the masterful Daniel Day Lewis is sure to rekindle the flame!

What about you all? Are you a Lincoln buff or is there someone else in history that you prefer to read about?

5 Responses to Lincoln Love

  1. Kevin A. Lewis says:

    Although the historical thriller I’m shopping around is placed in a much darker and scarier time (downtown Berlin in 1943)I’ll read most anything about Lincoln as long as he’s not fighting vampires…(can you believe somebody actually made a movie of that drivel?!)

  2. Lincoln and Kennedy were transformational leaders in transformational times. They are rightly given the attention they get because of the unique nexus between their personalities and their times. By my account, the Lincoln/Kennedy of the 2060’s is either an infant or will soon be born. Let’s hope that she is up to the task!

  3. Emily Carter says:

    hey Patrick ! Cute observation :) As for Lincoln, I loved the Doris K. Goodwin book but at the moment I’m reading about Napoleon Bonaparte and his disaster’s march on Moscow.

  4. John Baker says:

    Yes. This is wonderful. I’m working on a story where a man, an engineer, from the Midwest comes back and saves the heroin, (not the drug, that’s bad for a relationship) saves the day. What do you think?

    • Kevin A. Lewis says:

      Maybe I’ve been hanging out in YA too long, but I suspect your idea might be a bit easier to smuggle through customs if your heroine ended up saving the engineer; heroes are kind of an Endangered Species these days………………

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