Review of “Lincoln” by David Herbert Donald

I read this book many years ago and Steve’s review is right on the mark.

My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies

Published in 1995, David Herbert Donald’s “ Lincoln ” is often considered the quintessential Lincoln biography. Donald, the grandson of a Union cavalry officer, was a long-time history professor at Harvard. He also wrote nearly three-dozen books and is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner (for his biographies of Charles Sumner and Thomas Wolfe). Best remembered as a leading authority on Abraham Lincoln, Donald died in 2009.

Donald’s “Lincoln” is widely regarded as the best single-volume biography ever written on Abraham Lincoln.  With several other renowned biographies of Lincoln still to read I am unable to validate that premise. But fresh off two recently published Lincoln biographies and five-dozen biographies of earlier presidents, I can confirm that this biography – while not quite as “unrivaled” as promised by some – is nevertheless extremely meritorious.

Obvious from its earliest pages is that Donald’s biography is scholarly, serious and straightforward. Although it fully…

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