le 13 février 2013
This is an impressive work...meticulously researched, brightly written, replete with quotations from a myriad of private correspondence and commentary of the time.
I am not a student of Lincoln or of the Civil War. I studied it in school like all American kids...I had to memorize the Gettyburg Address, and I saw a movie which showed him writing it on the back of an envelope while traveling to Gettysburg...I couldn't remember which side won which battle. I knew Lincoln had freed the slaves, that he had been assassinated. And then the classwork moved on. This book fills in all the gaps.
It is rich and rewarding, revealing and sobering, and I couldn't recommend a book more highly, whether one is interested in the Civil War or not. It is a book about the sublime heights to which common sense and decency can take us.
It is also a required (I think) stopping point before entering the movie house to see Speilberg's Lincoln. The casting is amazingly true to the photos of the real people. The movie would be hard to follow without this bit of homework.
le 13 juin 2013
Un travail titanesque ( l'oeuvre en langue originale contient la liste intégrale de toutes les sources consultées) combiné avec une approche psychologique et sociale profonde des différents antagonistes débouche sur l'approche la plus correcte et complète imaginable sur Abraham Lincoln. En plus c'est très lisible, merci Mme Goodwin. You are a great Artist, with all due respect.