Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America

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Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, 2008 M04 15 - 304 páginas
“Brilliant . . . Ferguson’s guided tour of the often amusing, sometimes bizarre ways we remember Lincoln today . . . is heartening and even inspiring.” —Bill Kristol, Time
 
Abraham Lincoln was our greatest president and perhaps the most influential American who ever lived. But what is his place in our country today? In Land of Lincoln, Andrew Ferguson packs his bags and embarks on a journey to the heart of contemporary Lincoln Nation, where he encounters a world as funny as it is poignant, and a population as devoted as it is colorful.
 
In small-town Indiana, Ferguson drops in on the national conference of Lincoln presenters, 175 grown men who make their living (sort of) by impersonating their hero. He meets the premier collectors of Lincoln memorabilia, prized items of which include Lincoln’s chamber pot, locks of his hair, and pages from a boyhood schoolbook. He takes his wife and children on a trip across the long-defunct Lincoln Heritage Trail, a driving tour of landmarks from Lincoln’s life. This book is an entertaining, unexpected, and big-hearted celebration of Lincoln’s enduring influence on our country—and the people who help keep his spirit alive.
 
“A hilarious, offbeat tour of Lincoln shrines, statues, cabins and museums . . . Mr. Ferguson maps it expertly, with an understated Midwestern sense of humor that Lincoln, master of the funny story, would have been the first to appreciate.” —William Grimes, The New York Times

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Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America was a roller coaster ride of reading. Sluggish at times, but humorous throughout, the book follows Ferguson (and his reluctant family's) quest to "discover ... Leer comentario completo

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A friend recommend this book because she knew I enjoyed Tony Horwitz's Confederates in the Attic. Although I don't believe Andrew Ferguson is quite as good a writer as Horwitz, Land of Lincoln was a ... Leer comentario completo

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When Lincoln Came Back to Richmond
1
Billy Herndon and the Inner Mr L
38
The Past Isnt What it Used to Be
69
The Kingmakers Wife the Emotional Engineer and the Triumph of Fun
90
The Magic of Stuff
117
A Sea of Lincolns
152
Abe Lincoln and the Secret of Success
167
Hot on the Trail
199
A Whole Lotta Lincoln
231
In Defense of the Icon
259
Postscript
269
Acknowledgments
275
Photo Credits
281
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Andrew Ferguson was the senior editor at The Weekly Standard and has written for The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and many other national publications. He lives in Arlington, VA.

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