What are the best Abraham Lincoln books?

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    #1Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    In this book, popular historian Doris Kearns Goodwin explains what made Abraham Lincoln such a political genius: the 16th president of the United States, had the ability to put himself in the place of other men, something that allowed him to lead the United States through the Civil War. 

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    Helen Dean
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Ever since my 5th grade field trip to Washington DC, and my visit to Ford Theater I have had a slight obsession with President Lincoln. This book feeds that obsession. As a history buff, this book is the total package."
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    #2Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President

    Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President
    Winner of the 'Lincoln Prize', this book by Allen Guelzo is a deep and intellectual biography of Abraham Lincoln, the president of the United States who abolished slavery. The book explores his ideas in many aspects of life, including religion, culture and of course, politics. 



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    Dan Xu
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "I love these books that treat historical figures as some deep thinker when all they are is politicians responsible for the death of tens of thousands. Look, I’m not a southern apologist. Slavery sucked. But so does the death of innocent boys in the name of industry. I know the victors write the histories but give it a rest already."
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    #3Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    James L. Swanson's Manhunt follows the events that occurred after Lincoln's assassination. It documents the 12 days of John Wilkes Booth's escape, pursuit, and capture.

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    Linda Chen
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "This book is amazing, it's got a lot of historical detail that just can't be beat. It also tells an aspect of the story that I never really thought much about. "
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    #4The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage

    The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage

    Even though nowadays private life of the Presidents of the United States are rather known for everyone, this wasn't common back in the 19th century. This book shares lots of anecdotes and stories of the Lincolns, the marriage of Mary Todd and Abraham that lasted many years. 

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    Leonardo Andrade
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "This bio of one of the greatest presidents of all time. At 4.5 out of a 5 star rating this must be a good read! The hardcover is a steal at 10.86."
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    #5Lincoln

    Lincoln
    Lincoln is a biography written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Herbert Donald. It chronicles the life of the 16th president of the United States, from his childhood in Kentucky to his presidency during the Civil War.
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    Jane Crawford
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "I very much like this book and even more like the fact that it is on the kindle. I would highly recommend reading this and the price is even fair. "
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    #6Abraham Lincoln: Great American Historians on Our Sixteenth President

    Abraham Lincoln: Great American Historians on Our Sixteenth President
    On this book, some of the best American historians share their thoughts and knowledge of the 16th president of the United States, including his early career, his reign in one of the most troubled periods in US history and of course, the day he was assassinated. 
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    Daniel Ford
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "Abraham Lincoln: Great American Historians on Our Sixteenth President is an interesting book if you want others perspective on Abraham Lincoln. Some of the smartest historians share their knowledge on the 16th president. Its debatable whether this is the best book about Abraham Lincoln, but its still interesting."
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    #7The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

    The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

    Eric Foner, master historian, shares with everyone how a "naturally anti-slavery" man like Abraham Lincoln, managed to get to the top of the political world. The book, perfectly follow his path to become the leader that would end slavery and also managed to lead the country in one of its worst times.

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    Marie Torres
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "This is a good book. I enjoyed reading about history and this is full of it."
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    #8Lincoln : Speeches and Writings

    Lincoln : Speeches and Writings
    This book contains more than five hundred speeches, letters, messages and other writings of Abraham Lincoln. As the best political leader of the Civil War, Lincoln had to do many speeches to make sure everyone understood that slavery wasn't right, some of them even lasted for hours. 





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    Margaret Smith
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "I had to write and research paper for one of my classed about Abraham Lincoln. This was a great book to write my paper on. The writings were brilliant and helped me understand him better as a person."
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    #9Killing Lincoln

    Killing Lincoln
    Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever recounts the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It's the first work of history from blockbuster bestselling author Bill O'Reilly.
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    Omar Arteaga
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Killing Lincoln is more fan-fiction than history. It's a politicized interpretation of events. Don't read history written by one person with an agenda."
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    #10Stealing Lincoln's Body

    Stealing Lincoln's Body

    This book takes the readers through the plotting of the steal of Abraham Lincoln's body: in 1876, a gang from Chicago tried to steal it and hold it for ransom, and thanks to this book, we can get to know how and why did that happen, and what were the family's reactions. 

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    Thomas Jensen
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I didn't enjoy this novel as much as I thought I would. It was certainly an entertaining read, I have to admit, but some parts of the story seemed a little far-fetched. This is supposedly a real event that really took place, but I wonder how well researched the subject is, and I'm a little miffed that some of the information in the book is mostly speculative."
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    #11With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln

    With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln
    The author of this book, Stephen B. Oates shares all his Civil War knowledge with everyone, focusing in the role Abraham Lincoln played in such war and every decision that it had to be made once the war was over. 




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    Karen Watson
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "The title of this book pretty much gives away everything you need to know. Every biography of Lincoln at this point is done to put a political twist on what he did."
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