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An exhausting theme
12-23-2013, 09:56 AM
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RE: An exhausting theme
(12-22-2013 10:15 PM)Mike B. Wrote:  
(12-02-2013 09:33 AM)Rob Wick Wrote:  Thanks, Bill. I appreciate it.

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Rob

I actually think the first volume of Beveridge's work (remember he had access to Herndon/Weik material before others did) is a tremendous work as far as writing goes. You really get the feel of living in a cabin and so forth. And his analysis is well thought out.

The second volume, I think he goes a little off the track because he takes the focus off Lincoln for large parts of it.

Had he lived I think his chapters on Lincoln's Presidency would have been very well done.

Mike,

I certainly believe in that sphere he would have brought something extra to the historical table. I've only glossed over Tarbell's review of his book and the correspondence she had regarding him, but I think she expected more from him regarding the influence of the Indiana frontier on Lincoln's development both as a man and a politician. He also could be quite arrogant to those with whom he disagreed. Smile

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Rob

Abraham Lincoln in the only man, dead or alive, with whom I could have spent five years without one hour of boredom.
--Ida M. Tarbell

I want the respect of intelligent men, but I will choose for myself the intelligent.
--Carl Sandburg
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