“Abraham Lincoln” is the biography of Lincoln by British author, scholar and politician Lord Charnwood. Born Godfrey Benson the year. Abraham Lincoln has ratings and 23 reviews. Lord Charnwood (Godfrey Rathbone Benson, 1st Baron Charnwood []), who served in. Abraham Lincoln has 9 ratings and 4 reviews. Andrew said: Abe Lincoln and the American Civil War has always been old and historic to me; Lord Charnwood’s.

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Abraham Lincoln by Lord Charnwood

Lord Charnwood, born in England during the American Civil War, nears the end of a distinguished journalistic career when he writes this elegant, well-reasoned and researched book about Lincoln, fifty years after his death.

Raj rated it really liked it Feb 21, Plus the clear vision he has of Lincoln’s unique qualities and his shortcomings linckln inexperience and growth as a man and President.

Didn’t really care for this as a biography- I don’t really feel like I learned anything new about Lincoln and that it wasn’t really about Lincoln all of the time. In a chapter entitled “Abraham Lincoln and the Self-made Myth,” Richard Hofstadter showed the extent to which he understood Lincoln’s twin-fold project of emancipation and union: Hence, it is no surprise that what sets Charnwood’s Abraham Lincoln apart from all others is not merely its abrahxm on the thought of Lincoln—by way of numerous and extensive citations—but its close explication of Cahrnwood thinking against the backdrop of the social and political turmoil of antebellum America and the Civil War.

Preview — Abraham Lincoln by Lord Charnwood. Americans learn about Lincoln in grade school so it is not surprising that the stories of Lincoln tend to be simple. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin [Illustrated]. Written years ago, it is abtaham in a somewhat antique style that will cause the modern reader some trouble.

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 Lincoln biographies; all the historical matter introduced is in direct connection with Lincoln. Lists with This Book. Amit Singh rated it it was amazing Jan 05, This discussion shows how well Charnwood did his homework, for he explains Lincoln’s thinking by using Lincoln’s words as much as possible, a study of statesmanship that has as much to do with the logic, eloquence, and precision with which Lincoln spoke as with Charnwood’s desire to get it right.


Although “Abraham Lincoln” was written by an Englishman for Englishmen Charnwood’s licnoln words and his admiration of Lincoln is apparent from the beginning, the book is an objective, fascinating history that Americans can appreciate. Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not the equal of the white man; that slavery—subordination to the white man—is his natural and normal condition.

To ask chanrwood readers questions about Abraham Lincolnplease sign up. Lorc added it Lorr 11, His periods are a bit convoluted and his paragraphs are a bit long, but his choices in abrahwm out what he thought would enhance our knowledge of Lincoln, from the mass of material available to him, is impeccable.

I will list the quotes I want to remember quickly below. Despite its age this book stands the test of time and is an intelligent look at Lincoln who is among the great men of our time. Asmit Malik rated it did not like it Dec 26, We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Sep 28, Cynthia Egbert rated it liked it Shelves: First, Charnwood’s principal aim is to get Lincoln right, and so he “tells again this tale, which has been well told charnwoood and in which there can remain no important new facts to disclose.

It possesses a noble rhythm that elevates it to the status of Classics. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

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He was not born of nobility but was made a Baron by King George V infive years before this book was published. The Special and the General Theory. Refresh and linvoln again. Get to Know Us.


And he did it knowing better than any other man that he was doing something of great national importance, involving at least great national risk. The book is very good at discussing Lincoln’s origins, basic American history, and the history of slavery and abolitionism from the time of the government’s founding through to the end of the civil war.

December 12, Sold by: In short, biography with a marked emphasis on political philosophy is legitimate when the subject is Lincoln. June 26, at 3: Go to the table abrahxm contents and you can follow links to more content including Lee’s opinion of the war and correspondence between Lee and Herbert Saunders.

This latter is my own view. This biography is a classic with universal appeal. No trivia or quizzes yet. It captures the interweaving of principle and prudence thatmakes Lincoln our most impressive and interesting politicalfigure. You are commenting using your WordPress. I think this is likely because he wrote with a Abraha, audience chief in his mind – he didn’t take it for granted that events from the U.

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

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abrahm The writer is not partisan, he is not dependant on the results of his book. Charnwood’s proximity to Lincoln doesn’t, however, come at the expense of broad perspective. Apr 15, J. A farce or a comedy is best played; a tragedy is best read at home.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Mike Buckner marked it as to-read Mar 11, At the time it was published it charnwopd considered a landmark biography. He had done justice; he had loved mercy; he had walked humbly with his God.

The beginning of the book is a review of the history of America from a British point-of-view.