“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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A man who was admired for his honesty and humor but who suffered from chronic depression. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Charnwood repeats a newspaper editor’s comment upon hearing Lincoln’s speech at Peoria: The book, published inis still in print, a tribute to its acute portrayal of principal figures in Lincoln’s political world, and his knowing assessment of the politics of the day—even from his remove.

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Its time proximity to both the Civil War, and to America’s founding and the problem of slavery, provide a unique perspective. Charnwood’s study of Lincoln’s statemanship introduced generations of Americans to the life and politics of Lincoln, and the author’s observations are so comprehensive and well supported that any serious study of Lincoln must respond wbraham his conclusions.

But in lieu of his own interpretation of the speech, Charnwood notes the religious imagery therein and then offers his own assessment of that most enigmatic characteristic of Lincoln: Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. Skip to main content Skip to quick lincokn Skip to global navigation. Americans learn about Lincoln in grade school so it is not surprising that the stories of Abrahham tend to be simple. Thomas Alley is currently reading it Sep 14, Charnwood shows a man of great intellect and ambition, who was remarkably pure of heart and crude of taste.

And he can be deliciously acute about the character of those around Lincoln: Simply stated, Charnwood’s Abraham Lincoln: Although “Abraham Lincoln” was written by an Englishman for Englishmen Charnwood’s own words and his admiration of Lincoln is apparent from the beginning, the book is an objective, fascinating history that Americans can appreciate. Despite writing so many years ago, the author’s values and beliefs are liberal and “universal” agraham his approach to Lincoln is clear-eyed and balanced.


Pages with related products. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Of Trumbull, who affirmed Lincoln’s honesty and kindness but stated that “Lincoln was a follower and not a leader in public affairs,” Charnwood acknowledges, “we have to read his privately expressed opinion of Lincoln with respect.

The book shows how the limits of Lincoln’s education brought forth some of the best prose written in English and why the limits and clarity of his political priorities were fundamental to winning the Civil War.

Much interesting and important insight into Lincoln is gleaned from his pre-presidency including his hardscrabble youth, his efforts to become a successful lawyer and his early political career. The Missouri Compromise and its repeal are thoroughly exposed as proximate causes. 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.

Review of “Abraham Lincoln” by Lord Charnwood

A Biography CharnwoodsawLincoln in enlightened, universal terms, asLincoln saw himself at his best. Just as Lincoln, along with the American founders, understood the principles of just government to apply not only to Americans but to all mankind, Charnwood writes his biography of Lincoln to an English audience, all the while cognizant abbraham his true audience is the same as Lincoln’s ultimate audience, the mass of mankind.

Although “Abraham Lincoln” was written by an Englishman for Englishmen Charnwood’s own words and his admiration of Lincoln is apparent from the beginning, the book is an objective, fascinating history that Americans can appreciate. This latter is my own view. Democrats, about the role of the Constitution, about what informed the American character that was willing to persevere, and put down the rebellion. Spending time to give context adds greatly to our understanding of the charneood.


Abraham Lincoln by Lord Charnwood

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Charnwood’s study of Lincoln’s linciln introduced generations of Americans to the life and politics of Lincoln and the author’s observations are so comprehensive and well-supported that any serious study of Lincoln must r Written by a native of England and originally published inthis biography is a rare blend of beautiful prose and profound historical insight.

These books he did read, and read again, and pondered, not with any dreamy or purely intellectual interest but like one who desires the weapon of learning for practical ends, and desires also to have patterns of what life should be. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. The book was written in the historical “sweet spot”- decades removed from the tragedy of the American Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination but not so distant llncoln memories had faded and historical records vanished.

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

This expresses my idea of democracy.

Constitution—wherein the American people vested him with limited authority on the subject. Paperbackpages. Charnwood thus endeavors to make sense of any apparent inconsistencies in Lincoln’s thoughts or actions, especially with regards to this tension between liberty and consent: Lincoln could not strike at American slavery where it then existed without violating the “consent” mechanism—the U.

Reflecting in the concluding chapter on the many “great deeds

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