Lincoln Raw - a biographical novel
Behind the facade of an icon, churns the soul of a poet. Walk alongside Abraham Lincoln as he relives the crucible of youth that forged his character.
Included in the Lincoln Collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
"Lincoln Raw is a deftly written biographical novel of extraordinary complexity that will leave the reader fully entertained and reflecting on it long after this outstanding book has been finished and set back upon the shelf. This is the stuff of which block-buster movies are made! " - Midwest Book Review
Seven-year-old Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood dies when his father drags their family from the relative comfort of Kentucky into an unforgiving Indiana wilderness. While suffering rebuke for teaching himself to read and write, Abraham endures rumors of illegitimate birth, escapes death a half-dozen times, labors to repay his father’s debts, and grieves the deaths of his infant brother, angel mother, precious sister, and beloved sweetheart.
By his early thirties, he casts off his parents’ religion, becomes estranged from his closest friend, and loses faith in his own character when he breaks an engagement to marry a woman he doesn’t love. He spirals into life-threatening depression.
In the prime of life, unable to keep a pledge made to his dying mother, to become someone special, he wrestles with self-doubt, abandons politics, and resigns himself to a life of mediocrity. But when his long-time rival opens the door for slavery’s expansion across half the globe, Lincoln rises to meet the greatest challenge of his life—his beloved country is being ripped apart.
Grounded in historical record, the story is enriched by insights gleaned from the works of prominent Lincoln biographers.
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