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Father Lincoln: The Untold Story of Abraham…

Father Lincoln: The Untold Story of Abraham Lincoln and His Boys--Robert,…

by Alan Manning

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There have probably been more books written on Abraham Lincoln certainly than any other President. And also certainly it is because he was are most important President. I have read quite a number of these books and they are never boring. I share his birthday so it has always been part of my personal connection, but as a man and a leader he is not a more important one to follow and learn from.

In this book we are given a most human side of the man as a father to four boys. The book also looks closely at his own relationship to his father and the contrast with how he viewed and dealt with his own sons in that respect. A very readable and insightful work we get an intimate look at the stages and differences he had with each of these boys and are given a lot to consider as to the meaning of each.

The wrenching heart break of the tragic loss of two of these boys is laid out as well as his own murder and the effect on the two survivors. Manning does a very good job in showing the complexities of Lincoln and these relationships and how they speak of the complete character of Lincoln, and ultimately how it shaped our future as a nation. ( )
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President Abraham Lincoln is known as the Great Emancipator, the Savior of the Union, and an American martyr to the people who read about him. But that was not how his sons knew him. Presidential historian Alan Manning invites readers to see not the thoughtful, burdened president delivering the Gettysburg Address to a war-torn nation, but a man quietly reading bedtime stories to his sleepy-eyed sons; and not the resolute commander-in-chief seeking out winning generals and forming war policy, but a man wrestling with his own grown son’s desire to join the army and go off to war. A combination of history, biography, and family culture, this book follows Lincoln from his growing law practice in Springfield through the turbulent war years in the White House, highlighting the same challenges that many fathers face today: balancing a successful career with paternal responsibilities—a perspective largely ignored by previous Lincoln biographers, thus helping to complete the portrait of one of the most popular, significant, and complex figures in American history.

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