Our most revered president gets a unique and uniquely engaging biography fashioned from the answers to the most frequent-and most unusual and surprising-questions asked about Abraham Lincoln.
What kind of law did Lincoln practice? Did he imprison his political enemies? What was it in his youth that put him on the path to greatness? These are some of the hundreds of questions that Gerald J. Prokopowicz was asked most often during the nine years he served as scholar-in-residence at the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In this book, he organizes the questions along the timeline of Lincoln's life to give us a portrait of the sixteenth president unlike any we have had before.
The questions range far and wide in subject matter and seriousness. Some are inspired by recent reinterpretations of Lincoln's actions (Was he a racist?), and some delve into what previous generations considered inappropriate (Was he gay?). Some are products of scholarly investigation (If he were alive today, could he get elected?), and others of idle curiosity (What were his favorite foods?). Some are drawn from today's headlines (Did his presidential actions violate the Constitution?), and others from today's tabloids (Did doctors really raise him from the dead?). Prokopowicz's authoritative, often surprising responses illuminate facets of Abraham Lincoln's life, work, and legacy about which people remain endlesly curious.
Eminently readable, informative, and entertaining.
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"Sometimes the best way to learn about history is to ask questions. Most history books present narratives, but this book is a series of questions and answers about our most popular president, Abraham Lincoln. With a touch of humor, Prokopowicz provides a book for those who want to learn if Abe really was honest, among other things. Norman Dietz's tongue-in-cheek delivery adds to the flippant yet serious tone of the book, making this an entertaining listen. While Lincoln buffs won't learn anything new, those less familiar who want to know more about the president will encounter the details in enjoyable bite-sized pieces. K.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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