02-17-2009 01:11 PM
02-18-2009 05:23 AM
Has Lincoln always been as popular Ryan or has the phublicity given to him by President Obama's Inauguration been a spur?
I thought this poll of presidential historians might be of interest.
Here is the actually link to C-Span's story on the survey:
Message Edited by fforgnayr on 02-16-2009 03:49 PM
02-18-2009 10:28 AM - edited 02-18-2009 10:30 AM
Lincoln has long been one of the most popular presidents in American memory, but this year there's a lot of extra attention on him, not just because of Obama, but because it's his 200th birthday.
In general however Lincoln and Washington are the two most iconic American presidents and have been for as long as I remember.
02-18-2009 04:08 PM
I think one of the best books about Lincoln and his rise to the presidency is "A. Lincoln" by Ron White, Jr. I just finished it and it was a very easy read. At the same time, it was very interesting to see how Lincoln's own internal struggles were manifested in his speeches and his interactions with not only his family but also other members of his political circle. The book focuses more on how Lincoln came to be known for what he is; honest, against slavery, and for the Union. It does not get bogged down in minute details, especially when discussing the Civil War. There are obviously references to the war and what was going on, but the book focuses more on the interactions between Lincoln and his generals along with the members of his cabinet and political party.
I very good read and a must for anyone interested in Lincoln. I have found, from reading reviews, that the "Team of Rivals" book covers some of the same ground that "A. Lincoln" does, so I am a little hesitant to read "Team of Rivals"; fearful that I will be reading the same types of things that I just finished. Anyone have any insight on that?
02-19-2009 01:06 AM
02-24-2009 07:34 PM
I'm currently reading Team of Rivals and it's an excellent read so far. I enjoy reading aspects of Lincoln's life that I've not read before. It's a different kind of look at his politics and also discusses the people around him and those who rivaled him. It's very readable and very interesting.