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Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo
Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
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Five days after Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield, Illinois, John Locke Scripps, who had convinced Lincoln to write his first campaign autobiography, asserted that the 16th president had become, "the Great American Man - the grand central figure in American (perhaps the World's) History."

Historians still find it hard to quibble with Scripps's opinion. Lincoln was the central figure in the nation's greatest crisis, the Civil War. His achievements in office make as good a case as any that he was the greatest president in U.S. history.

What made Lincoln great? What was it about him that struck those who knew him? This fast-moving series of 12 lectures explores those questions with the help of one of our most distinguished Lincoln scholars and award-winning author.

The lectures take you through Lincoln's life, from his forebears' arrival in America to an evaluation of his legacy. And you'll come to know the man through the eyes of those who knew, lived with, and worked with him.

In presenting Lincoln, Professor Guelzo explores three themes: What ideas were at the core of his understanding of American politics? Why did he oppose slavery, and what propelled him, in the 1850s, into the open opposition to slavery that led to his election to the presidency in 1860? What gifts equipped Lincoln to lead the nation through the "fiery trial" of the Civil War? The result is an understanding of Lincoln as a man who envisioned a nation of self-governing equals wise enough to be guided not just by self-interest or popular enthusiasm, but by an abiding sense of right and wrong. Ultimately, he gave that nation, in his words, "a new birth of freedom."

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great appreciation of Lincoln. superb narration

comprehensive and engrossing appreciation of Lincoln. complemented by a superb narrator. not to be missed

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Fantastic

Outstandingly well told. Best of the Great Courses that I have listened to (out of many)

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  • Collin
  • 02-12-17

Cool overview.

Last lecture has the good stuff as far as why Lincoln is (or should be still) relevant today. I found this to be a good refresher and overview of the man. Scholars probably want something a little deeper, but I picked up a couple of nuggets and anecdotes that made it worthwhile.

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  • Rick
  • 09-09-15

Great listen

Loved it! It was well written and loved the insight into a great presidents life.

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  • Harry Slocum
  • 28-12-19

Lincoln, a passionate president

A brief but passionate review of Lincoln's presidency which included the Civil War in its entirety

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  • Ed Strietelmeier
  • 23-08-19

Eloquent, Interesting & Insightful

As a student of history I am very familiar with Abraham Lincoln but even so Allen C. Guelzo’s lectures both provide new information about Lincoln and also interpret’s Lincoln’s beliefs & actions in a way that is extremely insightful. This course is a must for those interested in Lincoln, the Civil War, American History, politics.

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  • B. Middleton
  • 11-01-19

An amazing journey!

This is my first time downloading one of these lecture series. I very much enjoyed listening to this as I am a bit of a history buff regarding the Civil War and especially our greatest president. The lecture had a great voice and kept things very interesting throughout this entire series.

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  • William R. Todd-Mancillas (Name includes hyphen and camptalized M)
  • 08-11-18

Lincoln: President Without Equal

Narration: Clear and occasionally slightly affected in its a-bit-too-much enthusiasm.

Content: Thorough account of Lincoln's life as a man of integrity, wit, patience, compassion, humility, and decency. As close to as saint as any mortal might be. And trump has the unmitigated gall and stupidity to claim his competences rivals Lincoln's.

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  • Andrew
  • 12-09-18

Great quick summary of Lincoln's life

In my opinion this lecturer is amazingly good. He always has rich content and delivers it in a compelling (almost spellbinding) way. I can't imagine a better quick 6 hour insight into Lincoln. It makes me want to dig into a much deeper history of the man (although I think I now have a good sense of the key aspects of his life). The lecturer's passion and admiration for Lincoln help make the course very engaging.

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  • Jayne Silton
  • 25-03-18

Fascinating!

This course was excellent! Highly recommended. Brings Lincoln the man and the politician to life!

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  • wiscoguy
  • 13-01-17

awesome

real good listen lots of facts and super easy to follow along. this gentlemen did a wonderful job.

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 12-10-14

Not to be missed

This is my second time listening to this book. I am truly inspired by Lincoln and feel we should all no more about this great man. I listened to the other great courses lecture Lincoln in his own words and both courses are worth the credit and the time. Professor Guelso is very interesting and I intend on listening to other courses f his.
I was impressed that Lincoln felt the hand of providence or the hand of God guiding him as president.

Amazing the insights this man had. What would the nation have been like if he was not the first president assassinated?