In Celebration of Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

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Abraham Lincoln, a self-taught Illinois lawyer and legislator was born February 12, 1809. Lincoln was elected president in 1860 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest presidents in the nation's history. To order any of these titles, contact your talking book center.

A. Lincoln: A Biography by Ronald White

Read by Jake Williams. Reading time: 30 hours, 31 minutes. 
Chronological narrative of President Abraham Lincoln's life describing the influence of his stepmother Sarah, his political rise in Illinois, and his election campaigns. White, a fellow at the Huntington Library, uses primary sources to offer insight into Lincoln's moral and intellectual thinking. Bestseller. 2009. DB 69003

Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution by James M. McPherson

Read by Bob Askey. Reading time: 5 hours, 11 minutes. 
Seven essays explore the effects of the Civil War on the economic, political, and social climate in the United States during Lincoln's presidency. In the author's view, the Civil War amounted to a second American revolution in which Lincoln defined the purpose of the war and formed a strategy for success that became national in scope. By the winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for History. DB 33772

Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years by Carl Sandburg

Read by Roy Avers. Reading time: 42 hours, 55 minutes. 
Historical biography of Lincoln as a man and as president. An exhaustively researched portrait of the country lawyer whose leadership guided the United States through the Civil War. Sandburg's one-volume distillation of his original six-volume work. 1954. DB 54121

Abraham Lincoln, The War Years by Carl Sandburg

Read by Barbara Brown. Reading time: 17 hours, 30 minutes. 
A sequel to 'The Prairie Years,' this exhaustive study continues the biography of Lincoln and his times from his election to the Presidency through the Civil War to his assassination. DB 11766

American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies by Michael W. Kauffman

Read by Peter Berkrot. Reading time: 20 hours, 33 minutes. 
Scholar examines the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth and his band of disaffected Marylanders. Analyzes documents and artifacts to identify Booth's plans. Discusses his manipulation of coconspirators and innocent bystanders such as Dr. Samuel A. Mudd. Presents the criminal case as it developed in 1865. 2004. DB 64131

The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln by Kate Clifford Larson

Read by Laural Merlington. Reading time: 8 hours, 25 minutes. 
Author of Bound for the Promised Land (RC 64511) investigates the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Focuses on the involvement of boarding-house owner Mary Surratt. Reexamines primary documents to assert that Mary and her son John, both Confederate sympathizers, participated in John Wilkes Booth's plot. Commercial audiobook. 2008. DB 66976

Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse by James L. Swanson

Read by Don Hagen. Reading time: 15 hours, 30 minutes. 
Author of Manhunt: The Twelve-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (DB 62040) depicts the 1865 flight and capture of Confederate president Jefferson Davis and the journey of the funeral train that bore the body of Abraham Lincoln to Illinois. Also traces Davis's career after his imprisonment. 2010. DB 72108

The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties by Mark E. Neely

Read by Bob Butz. Reading time: 12 hours, 59 minutes. 
Winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in history. Civil War specialist focuses on one of President Lincoln's most controversial acts--the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. This account is based mainly on the arrest and detention records of civilians and military prisoners. The author concludes that "war and its effect on civil liberties remain a frightening unknown." DB 35528

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner

Read by Michael Scherer. Reading time: 15 hours, 9 minutes. 
Chronicles the evolution of Lincoln's ideas about slavery, from his early career in Illinois and membership in the new Republican Party in the 1850s to his presidency during the Civil War. Discusses the impact that religion, the abolitionist movement, and political necessities had on his beliefs. Pulitzer Prize. 2010. DB 73190

Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln by Jason Emerson

Read by Jake Williams. Reading time: 31 hours, 50 minutes. 
Biography of Robert T. Lincoln (1843-1926), the only son of Abraham Lincoln to reach adulthood. Discusses the political career of the Harvard-educated Chicago lawyer and businessman as a diplomat and U.S. secretary of war. Analyzes his relationship with his mother and covers the management of his father's legacy. 2012. DB 76070

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States

Read by Jack Fox. Reading time: 14 hours, 6 minutes. 
Inaugural speeches reveal American presidents' visions and policies. Features George Washington's address to the first U.S. Congress, Abraham Lincoln's two Civil War-era appeals to citizens, and Franklin Roosevelt's fourth address during World War II. 2009. DB 75274

The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln by Michael Burlingame

Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time: 14 hours, 36 minutes. 
A psychobiography by a Connecticut College professor of history. Burlingame uses mainly Jungian psychological theories to interpret Lincoln's personality, family relationships, marriage, "midlife crisis," and political attitudes. Burlingame traces Lincoln's melancholia to "bereavement in childhood" and his lack of "capacity to trust women" to ambivalence about his mother. DB 41759

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Read by Mike Stefanelli. Reading time: 9 hours, 46 minutes. 
Political commentator O'Reilly and historian Dugard recount the last weeks of the Civil War in the spring of 1865. The authors follow actor John Wilkes Booth and his coconspirators as they plotted revenge for the South and assassinated President Abraham Lincoln on April 14. Bestseller. 2011. DB 73850

Lincoln by David Herbert Donald

Read by Lou Harpenau. Reading time: 32 hours, 10 minutes. 
Pulitzer Prize winner David Donald analyzes Lincoln's presidency from a psychological perspective, looking at the information and background the sixteenth president brought to his decisions. Donald's biography incorporates insights from the Abraham Lincoln Papers, which were sealed at the time of earlier major biographies. The influences of Lincoln's loving stepmother, his beautiful and well-connected wife, and others on his life are explored. D44059

Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard Carwardine

Read by Jake Williams. Reading time: 18 hours, 5 minutes. 
Assesses Abraham Lincoln's political career in peacetime and as the only U.S. president to contend with civil war. Examines his beliefs and ambitions, effectiveness in state politics and Congress, and emergence as a national leader. Discusses Lincoln's development on issues from restoring the Union to emancipation. Lincoln Prize. 2006. DB 65350

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The First Complete, Unexpurgated Text

Read by Roy Avers. Reading time: 15 hours, 18 minutes. 
Editor Harold Holzer asserts that remarks by Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in an 1858 U.S. Senate contest have been obscured and distorted through partisanship and editorial duplicity. Now Holzer sets the record straight with exact transcriptions of the opponents' seven confrontations, supplemented by an introduction and notes on the climate of opinion just before the Civil War. DB 38793

Lincoln's Men: How President Lincoln Became Father to an Army and a Nation by William C. David

Read by David Elias. Reading time: 11 hours, 57 minutes. 
Explores the role of Abraham Lincoln as the practical and inspirational leader of the Union Army. An examination of letters and diaries of Union soldiers reveals their affection for the president, their belief that he understood and supported them, and their abiding loyalty to "Father Abraham." 1999. DB 49400

Lincoln's War: The Untold Story of America's Greatest President as Commander in Chief by Geoffrey Perret

Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time: 16 hours, 53 minutes. 
The author of Eisenhower (DB 49646) demonstrates from National Archives documents that Abraham Lincoln redefined the presidency by expanding his "war powers." Contends that ignoring military, political, and legal restraints Lincoln successfully prevented the South from seceding from the Union. 2004. DB 58574

Manhunt: The Twelve-day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

Read by Don Hagen. Reading time: 16 hours, 15 minutes. 
Chronicles the days after the April 14, 1865, assassination of Abraham Lincoln as Union cavalry searched the city and surrounding countryside for John Wilkes Booth. Covers the capture of Booth, the trial of the coconspirators, and the fight over the reward money. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006. DB 62040

The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln by Phillip S. Paludan

Read by Randy Atcher. Reading time: 17 hours, 1 minute. 
A Civil War scholar analyzes Lincoln's administration. Proceeding chronologically, Paludan examines Lincoln's presidency beginning with his election and the formation of his cabinet. The author asserts that no other president ever faced greater challenges in defending the oath of office. And he credits Lincoln with resolving two of the greatest struggles in American history: saving the Union and freeing the slaves. DB 39423

Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year by David Von Drehle

Read by Robertson Dean. Reading time: 17 hours, 3 minutes. 
The author of Triangle (DB 57638) posits that 1862 was a pivotal year for the United States and for president Abraham Lincoln. Presents a month-by-month account of the political and military battles that threatened the country and discusses personal events--including the death of Lincoln's son. Commercial audiobook. 2012. DB 76078

Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man by Walter Stahr

Read by Don Hagen. Reading time: 23 hours, 39 minutes. 
Biography of William Henry Seward (1801-1872), the Whig governor and senator from New York who served as secretary of state under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Highlights Seward's accomplishments during the Civil War and afterwards, including negotiating the purchase of Alaska from Russia and pressuring France to leave Mexico. 2012. DB 76024 

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kerns Goodwin

Read by Robert Sams. Reading time: 37 hours, 57 minutes. 
Pulitzer Prize-winner illustrates the political acumen of Abraham Lincoln. Highlights the careers of Lincoln's three prime competitors in the Republican party--William Seward, Salmon Chase, and Edward Bates, men more qualified and educated, whom he beat for the 1860 nomination for chief executive. Discusses their subsequent appointments to the cabinet. Bestseller. 2005. DB 61162

Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief by James M. McPherson

Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time: 9 hours, 57 minutes. 
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian highlights the role President Abraham Lincoln played as the head of the U.S. military during the Civil War. Stresses Lincoln's study and application of war strategies and his development of a political and national policy that focused on preserving the union. Bestseller. 2008. DB 67863

Two Roads to Sumter by William Bruce Catton and Bruce Catton

Catton, William Bruce; Catton, Bruce. Reading time: 11 hours, 56 minutes. 
Read by Lynn Smith. 
Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis were born in Kentucky, less than one hundred miles apart, and within a year of each other. Using their lives and careers as theme and framework, the authors recreate the tragic history of the differences between the North and South that led to the Civil War. 1963. DB 27729

The Valley of Shadows by Francis Grierson

Read by Livingston Gilbert.  Reading time: 7 hours, 53 minutes. 
Classic work first published in 1909 re-creates the psychological atmosphere before the Civil War and depicts the indomitable pioneers of both fact and legend in Abraham Lincoln's Middle West. DB 10551

"We are Lincoln Men": Abraham Lincoln and his Friends by David Herbert Donald

Read by Roy Avers. Reading time: 7 hours, 45 minutes. 
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian draws from the recollections and memoirs of a variety of Abraham Lincoln's partners, associates, and political allies to examine the significance of friendship to him and his career. Donald profiles six people the intensely private Lincoln most valued: Speed, Herndon, Browning, Seward, Nicolay, and Hay. 2003. DB 57829

With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen B. Oates

Read by Lou Harpenau. Reading time: 19 hours, 19 minutes. 
Award-winning historian uses primary and secondary sources to illuminate the personal and professional life of Abraham Lincoln. Depicts Lincoln's struggle to succeed in the legal and business fields, his disappointing early political career, and his wartime presidency. Discusses his depression and later estrangement from his wife. Some strong language. 1977. DB 72893

Braille books

Abraham Lincoln by Thomas Keneally

2 volumes.  A concise biography of the Civil War president. Discusses Lincoln's backwoods upbringing, storytelling gift, and entry into politics. Focuses on his presidency during a pivotal time in United States history. 2003. BR 14625

The Avenger Takes his Place: Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days that Changed the Nation by Howard B. Means

Means, Howard B. 3 volumes. 
Traces the events surrounding President Abraham Lincoln's April 14, 1865, assassination, when Vice President Andrew Johnson from Tennessee unexpectedly became the nation's leader. Highlights Johnson's May 29, 1865, unilateral decision to grant amnesty to Confederates who took a loyalty oath. Discusses his battles with the Radical Republicans in Congress. 2006. BR 17255

Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan

4 volumes
Explores the life of Abraham Lincoln through the language of his writings. Posits that Lincoln's boyhood readings of Burns, Byron, Shakespeare, Aesop's fables, and the Bible shaped his ideas about liberty, love, and human nature and led to his use of clear, common speech to convey morality and democracy. 2008. BR 18404


Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated with our Greatest President by Edward Steers

3 volumes. The author dispels fourteen common myths about U.S. BR 18078. Includes rumors about his birthplace and illegitimacy, religious conversion, love affair with Ann Rutledge, homosexual tendencies, and the assassination conspiracy theory. 2007. BR 18078

List created by : David Shay, Wolfner Library’s Special Services Librarian (Missouri Talking Book Service).