Herndon was Lincoln s law partner and an important early biographer....
|Title||:||Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln|
|Publisher||:||University of Illinois Press First edition edition November 1, 1997|
|Number of Pages||:||864 pages|
|File Size||:||984 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln Reviews
If you are truely interested in understanding of how Lincoln was considered and thought of in the 1860's this is a very important book. While i would take any one letter or statement as absolute truth, after reading this book, one gets a real sense of how people of the time thought of Lincoln.
Herndon's Informants is a book created primarily to give scholars easier access to the wealth of recollections, rumors, and confabulations which were collected by Lincoln's last law partner in the years following the President's death. But it is also of interest to amateur historians who have a keen interest in both the great man and in the way that memory evolves, distorted by time, experience, and intent. I am not a Lincoln specialist--just an ordinary reader who greatly enjoyed dipping into the source material from which grew many legends (some more or less true) of Lincoln's early life: outrageous candidates for Lincoln's father; the undeniable hardscrabble childhood; his struggles to educate himself; his earliest speeches; his participation in the Black Hawk War; the overblown Ann Rutledge tale. Was Lincoln naturally melancholy? Did he drink? Was he an atheist? There are no definitive answers, but the conflicting insights and speculations of those who knew him will intrigue you.
Very dense and many times repetitive reading - but very interesting never-the-less.
The book was accurately described, and it arrived quickly. Very satisfied.
This was a gift for my historian husband. A must for any Lincoln-phile! Very informative, dry reading as most history nerds appreciate.
Formerly, my two favorite books about Abraham Lincoln were "Herndon's Lincoln" and "Abraham Lincoln" by Carl Sandburg. Now, I must add "Herndon's Informants" to my short list of great Lincoln books.
Very good service!!!!! Book arrived in perfect condition. This may we be the definitive book ever written about Lincoln, the person, as he and Herndon practiced law together.
I could not do without this research book as I work on my new historic novel about the Lincolns and the Todds.