“Abraham Lincoln” is the biography of Lincoln by British author, scholar and Review of “Abraham Lincoln” by Lord Charnwood of this book than in any complete book I can remember over the past several months. Author: Lord Charnwood. Release Date: May 11, [EBook .. the whole of Abraham Lincoln’s kindred are now out of the story. They. This book about Abraham Lincoln, the famous American president. By reading this book you can Abraham Lincoln: A Complete Biography: Lord Charnwood.

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Thus Charnwood helps the reader catch what Hofstadter and others miss: How timid the northern politicians were before the war! It was not the mere matter of separation of the colonies from the motherland, it was the sentiment in the Declaration of Independence which gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but I hope to the world, for all future time.

Written by an Englishman for a British audience approximately 50 years after Lincoln’s assassination.

Abraham Lincoln by Godfrey Rathbone Benson Charnwood

A Cardinal Edition, December, For example, he by no means came to his understanding of Lincoln’s emancipation policy without considerable reflection on Lincoln’s disdain toward the abolitionist cause. To ask other readers questions about Abraham Lincolnplease sign up. Charnwood’s admiration and respect for Lincoln is evident from the beginning.

Nevertheless, we note that even Charnwood nods, for the closing paragraph of his biography seems to downplay Lincoln’s statecraft.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. He was also involved in charitable work with the deaf and disabled, becoming the first President of the National Institute for the Deaf from until To his credit, Charnwood remarked of his biography just a few years after its publication that he did not sufficiently acknowledge Lincoln’s statesmanship: Those who read Lincoln’s important letters and speeches see in him at once a great gentleman; there were but a few among the really well educated men of America who made much of his lacking some of the minor points of gentility to which most of them were born; but of z few Chase betrayed himself at once.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Ibography the linfoln book I’ve ever read, but it was pretty good Lincoln’s most significant action as the President was Emancipation Proclamation which paved the way for the Thirteenth Amendment and the Abolishment of slavery. Sign up to receive offers and updates: Abraham Lincoln, at this crisis of his life, did, in pursuance of his peculiarly cherished principle, forge at least a link in the chain of events which actually precipitated the war.

Abraham Lincoln

If this assessment seems too nostalgic if not antiquatedgiven the additional study of Lincoln conducted these past four score and ten years since Charnwood’s biography, we cite a widely influential interpretation written over thirty years later for the reader to weigh against the Englishman. In our estimation, though, the good Lord Charnwood’s first effort to chronicle the life and times of Abraham Lincoln stands with nary a peer precisely for its clarity and didacticism charnwiod presenting Lincoln comlete man and statesman.


Lincoln’s distinctively human and humane personality and historical role as savior of the Union creates a legacy that endures the test of time. In addition, there is little focus on his family life, his key political relationships or his close friendships.

Your purchase also supports literacy charities. Charnwood begins his last sentence charnwkod the supposition, lincln he [Lincoln] had a theory of democracy,” which seems to this reader’s mind to be answered clearly and overwhelmingly in the affirmative by the rest of Lord Charnwood’s biography.

It establishes conclusively that the South went to war to proclaim and ensure its right to enslave other human beings. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Those who have not read it recently should read it again. At the risk of prejudicing his own retelling of the Lincoln story, Charnwood acknowledges his bias at the outset: Twitter Facebook Email Tumblr. Mar 28, Bookgeeks. Raj rated it really liked it Feb 21, Inoffensive bookplate removal marks on rear pastedown, else almost a “Near fine,” tight and handsome; jacket mildly age toned and lightly edgeworn, with couple of tiny chips at head of spine.

The hero is not buried among the facts.

It possesses a noble rhythm that elevates it to the status of Classics. A clear and well-argued biography of Abraham Lincoln written by an Englishman born during the Civil War and published during the First World War, this book holds Lincoln in great esteem. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. The men who think hard are few; few of them can clothe their thought in apt and simple words; very, very few are those who in doing this could hold the attention of a miscellaneous and large crowd.

Charnwood assesses “the legal effect of the [Emancipation] Proclamation”: In taking his subject seriously, he draws conclusions about Lincolj thought and actions that display the moral seriousness not only of Lincoln’s project but the American experiment itself. This splendid profile of an epic figure whose relevance endures and grows abrxham the passage of time is essential reading for admirers of Lincoln, students and scholars of American history, and anyone who appreciates chafnwood well-written, engrossing biography.

Turning his disclaimer into a short lesson on writing honestly, Charnwood adds, “The true obligation of impartiality is biogdaphy he should conceal no fact which, in his own mind, tells against his views.

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Lord Charnwood’s comprehensive biography, among the first major books about the sixteenth president, presents a sensitive and literate portrait, tracing Lincoln’s rise from humble origins to the highest office in the land and recapturing the bioography humanity of his character. The masterpiece by Lord Charnwood is the most comprehensive and detailed biography of Lincoln.

Burgundy cloth with black spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. Given his reliance on the speeches and writings of Lincoln, Charnwood also understood that a biography of a statesman must deal in political philosophy; the biographer has no choice if he wants to get his subject right but to engage in some political and philosophical reflection to understand his subject’s actions in light of the circumstances of the day.

It captures the spirit of the man, warts and virtues, and his spectacular wisdom. I didn’t like the perspective of this book. For example, where others dismiss Herndon’s Lincoln as a work “destitute of veracity and animated by sheer spite,” Charnwood linvoln that Herndon “believed, and believed quite rightly, that the most unvarnished presentment of any and every incident of his life or trait of his character was the greatest service that could be done to his just fame.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Basler, in an early study of the Lincoln literature, observed of Charnwood’s Abraham Lincoln”There is a balanced proportion in the treatment of historical topics which is seldom found in Charwood biographies; all the historical matter introduced is in direct connection with Lincoln.

Charnwood’s Lincoln: Biography as Civics Lesson

Prior owner comment on front end page. Sign In Register Help Cart. Volume 27Issue 2Summerpp. I admit to being skeptical before I read it, but I comlete this book viography my list in the lincln of my Lincoln journey on the strength of several readers who strongly recommended it as an experience if nothing else and a couple of the authors of bios already on my list referred favorably to it in their books.

In particular, revealing the reasons for Lincoln’s public actions through ample use of Lincoln’s own words enables Lord Charnwood to write a biography that gives the clearest portrait of Lincoln and his statesmanship—an altogether fitting and proper depiction of one who made his living as well as his reputation by his words.