“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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Many contemporary historians consider this meticulous and superbly crafted work the quintessential biography of one of America’s greatest Presidents. He practices the very thing he appreciates in Lincoln and hence displays before the reader the moral questions at the heart of American self-government. Not Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: They reasonably believed, though wrongly, that the natural tendency of opinion throughout the now freed Colonies with principles of freedom in the air would work steadily towards emancipation.

One may or may not agree with it in every point, but of its profoundly original quality, or its moral dignity, of its intellectual grasp, and of its fulness of suggestion in regard to political and moral problems of all time, there can be no doubt. Joshua C rated it it was amazing Jan 06, 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 that his true audience is the same as Lincoln’s ultimate audience, the mass of mankind.

Benjamin rated it it was ok Mar 09, Lord Charnwood Godfrey Benson was a respected British scholar and politician, born the year before Lincoln’s assassination.

I recommend the paperback edition; there are many editions now. The Best Books of And he can be deliciously acute about the character of those around Lincoln: The book is written in a formal style which I found as a deterrent to become an interesting read.

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Charnwood’s Lincoln: Biography as Civics Lesson

Charnwood sketches his unorthodox approach to faith, as compared with the Christianity practiced by churchgoers of his day, but concludes: Despite its age this book stands the test of time and is an intelligent look at Lincoln who is among the great men of our time. This is not to say, of course, that Charnwood is oblivious to or dismissive of Lincoln’s patriotism. I have pondered over the toils that were endured by the officers and soldiers of the army who achieved that independence.


Simply stated, Charnwood’s Abraham Lincoln: To cite another example, Charnwood quotes from Alexander Stephen’s infamous “corner stone” speech upon the adoption of a constitution for the Southern Confederacy, which reads in part: This would require no mean effort.

Lists with This Book. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Such perspective is rarely found in any contemporary writing about Lincoln, about the Civil War, about Republicans vs. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Abraham Lincoln by Lord Charnwood

In taking his subject seriously, he draws conclusions about Lincoln’s thought and actions that display the moral seriousness not only of Lincoln’s project but the American experiment itself. The credit far surpasses the condemnation, however, and the absence of any specific eulogy in the biography only leaves the reader free to phrase his own. Charnwoid more information please contact mpub-help umich.

Charnwood’s study of Lincoln’s statesmanship 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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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. The men who think hard are few; few of them can clothe their thought in apt and simple words; very, very few are those who in doing this could hold the attention of a miscellaneous and large crowd.

Such perspective is rarely found in any contemporary writing about Lincoln, about the Civil War, about Republicans vs. A man befuddled and shy of women but a champion of women’s rights from the beginning of his career.

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Democrats, about the role of the Constitution, about what informed the American character that was willing to persevere, and put down the rebellion. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Don’t have a Kindle? In short, abranam who seek earnestly for the unvarnished Lincoln also will find consistent arguments in defense of the equal rights to liberty that kept alive his greatest hope for the American nation.


Thus Charnwood helps the reader catch what Hofstadter and others miss: We belabor this point over emancipation because of what it tells us about Charnwood the biographer as well as Lincoln the president. Read reviews that mention civil war lord charnwood abraham lincoln american civil american history years ago writing style written by an englishman book was written books lncoln lincoln study of lincoln biography of lincoln recommend this book great book view of lincoln interested in lincoln great eman lincoln took throughout his life biographies of lincoln lincoln biography.

The second chapter of the book alone is an interesting history of the early US prior to Lincoln. The writer is not partisan, he is not dependant on the results of his book.

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Charnwood perhaps paid the highest compliment to Lincoln’s writing when assessing his debates with Stephen A. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Lord Charnwood’s comprehensive biography, among the first major books about the sixteenth president, presents a sensitive and literate portrait, tracing Lincoln’s rise from humble origins to the highest office in the land and recapturing the profound humanity of his character.

As preserver of the Union and emancipator of the slaves, Lincoln occupies a unique niche in the pantheon of American leaders. This book is for the person who truly wants to know more about this unique individual. For Charnwood, this was the key to Lincoln’s popular appeal outside the United States and why he concludes his biography by commenting that if Lincoln “reflected much on forms of government it was with a dominant interest in something beyond them.

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He was not born of nobility but was made a Baron by King George V infive years before this book was published.