Land of Lincoln Adventures in Abe's America

ISBN-10: 080214361X
ISBN-13: 9780802143617
Edition: 2008
Authors: Andrew Ferguson
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Description: Before he grew up and became one of Washington's most respected reporters and editors, Andrew Ferguson was, of all things, a Lincoln buff. Like so many sons of Illinois before him, he hung photos of Abe on his bedroom wall, memorized the Gettysburg  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Before he grew up and became one of Washington's most respected reporters and editors, Andrew Ferguson was, of all things, a Lincoln buff. Like so many sons of Illinois before him, he hung photos of Abe on his bedroom wall, memorized the Gettysburg Address, and read himself to sleep at night with the Second Inaugural or the "Letter to Mrs. Bixby." Ferguson eventually outgrew his obsession. But decades later, his latent buffdom was reignited by a curious headline in a local newspaper: Lincoln Statue Stirs Outrage in Richmond. "Lincoln?" thought Ferguson. "Outrage? I felt the first stirrings of the fatal question, the question that, once raised, never lets go: Huh?" In Land of Lincoln, Ferguson embarks on a curiosity-fueled coast-to-coast journey through contemporary Lincoln Nation, encountering everything from hatred to adoration to opportunism and all manner of reaction in between. He attends a national conference of Lincoln impersonators in Indiana; seeks out the premier collectors of Lincoln memorabilia from California to Rhode Island; attends a Dale Carnegie-inspired leadership conference based on Lincoln's "management style"; drags his family across the three-state-long and now defunct Lincoln Heritage Trail; and even manages to hold one of five original copies of the Gettysburg Address. Along the way he weaves in enough history to hook readers of presidential biographies and popular histories while providing the engaging voice and style of the best narrative journalism. Ultimately, Land of Lincoln is an entertaining, unexpected, and big-hearted celebration of Lincoln and his enduring influence on the country he helped create.

Preface
When Lincoln Came Back to Richmond
Billy Herndon and the Inner Mr. L.
The Past Isn't What It Used to Be
The Kingmaker's Wife, the Emotional Engineer, and the Triumph of Fun
The Magic of Stuff
A Sea of Lincolns
Abe Lincoln and the Secret of Success
Hot on the Trail
A Whole Lotta Lincoln
In Defense of the Icon
Postscript
Acknowledgments
Photo Credits

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