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Six Encounters with Lincoln

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Six Encounters with Lincoln by Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  • Hardcover $35.00

    Feb 07, 2017 | 496 Pages

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    Feb 07, 2017 | 496 Pages

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Praise for Six Encounters with Lincoln: 

“Fascinating reading on its own terms, Six Encounters with Lincoln nevertheless confronts readers with startlingly relevant questions. . .the notion that democracy involves compromises resonates today.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Pryor is particularly adept at conveying the impossibility of Lincoln’s task:  to represent a profoundly fractured country in which, as one of Lincoln’s friends put it, ‘the eyes of the whole nation will be upon you while unfortunately the ears of one half of it will be closed to any thing you say.’”  
The Wall Street Journal


“In her meticulously researched study of these little-known but arresting encounters with Lincoln, Elizabeth Pryor teases out their meaning with cool discrimination, sensitivity, and a vivid pen. She exposes a human president – sometimes blundering, graceless, socially awkward, obstinate, intolerant – struggling to cope in time of war with the fluid messiness of democratic government.  Iconoclastic, unsentimental, and hard-headed, this is a brilliant work that is bound to provoke animated scholarly discussion.” 
-Richard Carwardine, author of Lincoln:  A Life of Purpose and Power
 
“A daring, provocative, and exceptionally important book that convincingly challenges many of the assumptions on which Abraham Lincoln’s greatness are based. Elizabeth Brown Pryor examines Lincoln’s often startling behavior in heretofore little-known but highly revealing encounters, and from them she expertly weaves a larger narrative of his fitful progress as the beleaguered leader of a nation at war. The research is truly prodigious, the writing graceful and assured. I highly recommend Six Encounters with Lincoln to readers seeking a truly fresh perspective on the sixteenth president and believe it to be one of the most significant works on Lincoln of this generation.”
-Peter Cozzens, author of The Earth Is Weeping: The Indian Wars for the American West

“Deeply researched, telling moments in the life of arguably the most written-about man in history. . .gets beyond the hagiographic portrayals of Lincoln, allowing rare glimpses of the man as vulnerable, clumsy, inarticulate, and very human. . .Kudos to Pryor for offering readers something fresh about our 16th president – no small feat.” 
Kirkus Reviews (starred)
 
“Pryor’s impressive final book will be of great appeal to Lincoln aficionados. . .What makes the encounters particularly fascinating is that the participants recorded them at the time, so they remain uncolored by the sentimentality of post-assassination remembrance.” 
– Publishers Weekly

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