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Abraham Lincoln: A Life by Thomas Keneally

By Thomas Keneally

The right concise biography of an American icon- now to be had in paperback for the bicentennial of his birth

The self -mad e guy from a log cabin, the good orator, the Emancipator, the Savior of the Union, the martyr-Lincoln's tale is on the very center of yankee historical past. yet who used to be he, rather? during this remarkable biography, award-winning writer Thomas Keneally follows Lincoln from his impoverished beginning via his schooling and presidency. From the improvement of his political philosophy to his relatives existence and his activities in the course of the Civil conflict, Abraham Lincoln is an incisive research of a turning aspect in our background and a revealing portrait of a pivotal figure.

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To his horror, the man turned out to be Shanks. This encounter was a pivotal moment in his life, and in his autobiography he offered a dramatic depiction of it. Although it is, of course, unlikely that he remembered the actual words of that long-ago conversation, he assigned dialogue to himself and the editor as though they were characters in a novel. Riis often used the tools of fiction writing in his nonfiction work. Working for the Tribune was a perfect fit for Riis, one of the most eloquent champions of plain people.

Yes, that was right. My life was wasted, utterly wasted. A voice hailed me by name. . I recognized in him the principal of the telegraph school where I had gone until my money gave out. He seemed suddenly struck by something. . “The manager of a news agency down town asked me to-day to find him a bright young fellow whom he could break in. It isn’t much—$10 a week to start with. ” He poked over the book in my hand and read the title. “Hard Times,” he said, with a little laugh. What do you say?

This encounter was a pivotal moment in his life, and in his autobiography he offered a dramatic depiction of it. Although it is, of course, unlikely that he remembered the actual words of that long-ago conversation, he assigned dialogue to himself and the editor as though they were characters in a novel. Riis often used the tools of fiction writing in his nonfiction work. Working for the Tribune was a perfect fit for Riis, one of the most eloquent champions of plain people. 59 J ACOB R IIS desperate people, giving his scenes a poignancy that spoke directly to the readers’ emotions.

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