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Six Encounters with Lincoln

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Six Encounters with Lincoln by Elizabeth Brown Pryor
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Feb 06, 2018 | ISBN 9780143111238

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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

“This history aims at deconstructing Lincoln’s mythic reputation as the Great Emancipator to arrive at a more nuanced view . . . Pryor paints a provocative historical portrait while testing common assumptions about an American icon.” The New Yorker

“In her meticulously researched study of these little-known but arresting encounters with Lincoln, Pryor teases out their meaning with cool discrimination, sensitivity, and a vivid pen. She exposes a human president – socially awkward, obstinate, intolerant – struggling to cope in time of war with the fluid messiness of democratic government. 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 Lincoln’s greatness are based. 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. 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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