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Abraham Lincoln: History in an Hour

By: Kat Smutz
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
Categories: History, American
4.5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Summary

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, is an American icon. To many, he is a symbol of values, sacrifice and determination. Modern notions of nationalism, liberty, and constitution all owe their debt to Lincoln, as does the unity of the American states. And yet, in his own day, Lincoln was also reviled by many as a traitor, tarnished by his associations with the wrong kind of race and the wrong end of society.

Charting his ascent from humble origins to the leader of the United during her hardest democratic and ethical conflict - the American Civil War - Lincoln: History in an Hour is a succinct guide to the life of a great and controversial modernizer.

©2014 Kat Smutz (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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“If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past.” (Dominic Sandbrook)
“The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History in an Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age. Colley writes in an attractively readable style, and manages to convey the huge story that is WWII in a logical and accessible manner” (Andrew Roberts, Bookseller)
“This is genius” (MacWorld.com)
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A fascinating overview of the life of a remarkable man

I was left wandering what US history would look like if he'd lived. Lincoln was that rare person who becomes more extraordinary the more you learn and this only skims the surface. However, it makes an excellent launch pad to find out more.