Post Reply 
Becoming Abraham Lincoln by Richard Kigel
01-18-2020, 05:53 PM
Post: #1
Becoming Abraham Lincoln by Richard Kigel
The ebook version of Becoming Abraham Lincoln: The Coming of Age of Our Greatest President by Richard Kigel is on sale for $1.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This sale might only be for one day.

I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it. (Letter to James H. Hackett, November 2, 1863)
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
07-05-2021, 08:44 AM (This post was last modified: 07-16-2021 08:45 AM by Gene C.)
Post: #2
RE: Becoming Abraham Lincoln by Richard Kigel
An excellent book. The author tell the story of Lincoln from birth to age 25, the age he becomes a state representative.
Richard Kigel in this book uses quotes from several well known biographies of Lincoln and weaves them together to tell the story regarding "The Coming Of Age of Our Greatest President".

Published in 2017, it's not a long book with the text at 228 pages, with another 40 pages of source notes. The vast majority of the notes are quotes from "Henrdon's Informants", and three biography's by William Herndon and Jesse Weik. This has its good and bad points. Herndon did a great job in interviewing and writing to people who knew Lincoln, but a significant part of Kigel's book is dependent on Herndon. In the two chapters (13 pages) regarding Lincoln's romance and grief on the death of Ann Rutledge, 76 of the 78 sources notes are from Herndon's books.

What is nice is Kigel does a good job selecting information from some of the most reliable works on Abraham Lincoln and combining them into an interesting narrative of Lincoln's first 25 years. There are no photographs or illustrations. The chapters are short, it's an interesting, easy to read book.

I recommend this to anyone interested in Lincoln's early life. It's available on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Abraham-...367&sr=8-3
I was able to get my copy in very good condition for less than $7 incl. mailing.

So when is this "Old Enough To Know Better" supposed to kick in?
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
07-05-2021, 04:25 PM
Post: #3
RE: Becoming Abraham Lincoln by Richard Kigel
If I am seeing this correctly, another book by Richard Kigel titled My Childhood's Home: Growing Up With Young Abe Lincoln costs $576.02 on Amazon! (for a new paperback copy)

https://www.amazon.com/My-Childhoods-Hom...0744316421
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
07-06-2021, 08:06 AM (This post was last modified: 07-06-2021 09:57 AM by Gene C.)
Post: #4
RE: Becoming Abraham Lincoln by Richard Kigel
Fear not, I found two, not new copies available on Abe Books.

The most expensive one was $59.83
I chose to purchase the other copy, which was much less, less than $20.

It's interesting to see how book prices change over time and between different book sellers. Especially for used books.
If you are patient you can find some reasonable to good deals. We'll see how this one turns out.
Idea - In a few months I may decide to sell it on ebay or Amazon for the low, low price of $498.95 Big Grin

So when is this "Old Enough To Know Better" supposed to kick in?
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
07-16-2021, 08:33 AM
Post: #5
RE: Becoming Abraham Lincoln by Richard Kigel
After a 9 day tour across country, courtesy of the US Postal Service, my book traveled from Glenwood Springs, CO visiting such places as Denver, Omaha, Des Moines, Chicago, Back to Des Moines, St Louis and finally to Western Kentucky.
A nice soft cover used book in very good condition, I am very pleased since there do not seem to be any copies currently available through Amazon. I look foreword to reading it and reporting back to you.

In the meantime, you might enjoy reading his other book, posted above.

So when is this "Old Enough To Know Better" supposed to kick in?
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
07-17-2021, 08:04 AM
Post: #6
RE: Becoming Abraham Lincoln by Richard Kigel
I have also had my book purchases take what seemed to me to be absurd travels vis the postal service. Not sure the reason— but very frustrating.

Bill Nash
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 


Forum Jump:


User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)