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David Donald

David Herbert Donald is perhaps the foremost Abraham Lincoln scholar alive today. His recent biography, Lincoln, reflects both his years of comprehensive study and his mastery of his subject. Donald's Lincoln is not a bold, fiery visionary but a low-key, pragmatic fellow who plainly confesses that "events have controlled" him. He is portrayed neither as the hero of Gettysburg staring at us from the five dollar bill or the Great Emancipator who sits magisterially at the Lincoln memorial, but as a complicated, divided human being gifted with a folksy wit and a talent for oratory and cursed with bouts of depression and insecurity. From Lincoln's youth in the log cabins of the Midwest to his early legal career with Herndon, through his days in the House and his Senatorial losses to Stephen Douglas, and finally through the turbulence of the Civil War, Donald succeeds in painting a remarkably human portrait of our greatest President.

Donald has also written several more scholarly treatments of Mr. Lincoln, including the very readable Lincoln Remembered.

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