A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. I, 1809 – 1849

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The first in a sweeping, multi-volume history of Abraham Lincoln—from his obscure beginnings to his presidency, death, and the overthrow of his post-Civil War plan of reconciliation—“engaging and informative and...thought-provoking” (The Christian Science Monitor).

From his youth as a voracious newspaper reader, Abraham Lincoln became a free thinker, reading Tom Paine, as well as Shakespeare and the Bible. In the “fascinating” (Booklist, starred review) A Self-Made Man, Sidney Blumenthal reveals how Lincoln’s antislavery thinking began in his childhood in backwoods Kentucky and Indiana. Intensely ambitious, he held political aspirations from his earliest years. Yet he was a socially awkward suitor who had a nervous breakdown over his inability to deal with the opposite sex. His marriage to the upper class Mary Todd was crucial to his social aspirations and his political career. “The Lincoln of Blumenthal’s pen is...a brave progressive facing racist assaults on his religion, ethnicity, and very legitimacy that echo the anti-Obama birther movement....Blumenthal takes the wily pol of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals and goes deeper, finding a Vulcan logic and House of Cards ruthlessness” (The Washingtonian).

Based on prodigious research of Lincoln’s record, and of the period and its main players, Blumenthal’s robust biography reflects both Lincoln’s time and the struggle that consumes our own political debate. This first volume traces Lincoln from his birth in 1809 through his education in the political arts, rise to the Congress, and fall into the wilderness from which he emerged as the man we recognize as Abraham Lincoln. “Splendid...no one can come away from reading A Self-Made Man...without eagerly anticipating the ensuing volumes.” (Washington Monthly).

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Sidney Blumenthal is the former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton. He has been a national staff reporter for The Washington Post, Washington editor and staff writer for The New Yorker, senior writer for The New Republic, and contributed to numerous additional publications. His books include the bestselling The Clinton Wars, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment, and The Permanent Campaign. Among his films, he was the executive producer of the Academy and Emmy Award–winning Taxi to the Dark Side.

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A Self-Made Man CHAPTER ONE

THE READER




Abraham Lincoln was of the seventh generation of Lincolns in America, descended from a weaver from Norfolk, England, Samuel Lincoln, who became a modestly successful merchant in Hingham, Massachusetts, whose eleven children dispersed to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia, and a number of whose descendants became distinguished and affluent. Amos Lincoln, participant in the Boston Tea Party, lieutenant colonel of the Massachusetts artillery in the Revolutionary War, and who married successively two of Paul Revere’s daughters, was the father of Levi Lincoln, the leading Jeffersonian of Massachusetts, member of Congress, U.S. senator, Thomas Jefferson’s attorney general and secretary of state, and then governor. As a lawyer he argued the case in 1783 in which slavery was ruled illegal in Massachusetts. His son, Levi Jr., became governor, too, and Abraham Lincoln would eventually meet him in 1848, introducing himself to his illustrious and distant relative, “I hope we both belong, as the Scotch say, to the same clan; but I know one thing, and that is, that we are both good Whigs.”

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