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Book Discussion - "Abraham Lincoln: A Life - Volume II"

Washington D.C.

June 2020


Fords Center for Leadership and Education, on 10th Street, NW across from the theater (google it if you need more precise directions). We meet on the 5th floor, so come into the Center past the tower of Lincoln books. The elevator is on the right.

Ford's Center on Leadership and Education, 5th floor

The Lincoln Group of DC book study group is reading Volume 2 of Michael Burlingame’s essential two-volume set: Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008) All LGDC members are invited to join our book discussion group. We tackle important Lincoln books chapter by chapter as a means to delve into the life, learning, and motivations of this extraordinary man.

The LGDC Book Study Group Meets Monthly in the Ford’s Theatre Center on Leadership and Education, 5th Floor. For dates and readings for our next meeting, please contact Richard Margolies ( and let him know of your interest.

There are over 15,000 books about Abraham Lincoln, but the release of eminent Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame’s two-volume treatise tops them all. Burlingame offers a fresh look at the life of one of America’s greatest presidents like only Michael Burlingame can do. Incorporating the field notes of earlier biographers, along with decades of research in multiple manuscript archives and long-neglected newspapers, this remarkable work will both alter and reinforce current understanding of America’s sixteenth president.

In volume 2, Burlingame examines Lincoln’s presidency and the trials of the Civil War. He supplies fascinating details on the crisis over Fort Sumter and the relentless office seekers who plagued Lincoln. He introduces readers to the president’s battles with hostile newspaper editors and his quarrels with incompetent field commanders. Burlingame also interprets Lincoln’s private life, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd, the untimely death of his son Willie to disease in 1862, and his recurrent anguish over the enormous human costs of the war.

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