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Abraham Lincoln, a press portrait : his life and times from the original newspaper documents of the Union, the Confederacy, and Europe
Mitgang, Herbert.
Publication Information:
New York : Fordham University Press, 2000.
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xxvii, 519 pages ; 23 cm.
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Originally published: Chicago : Quadrangle Books, 1971. With new introd.
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This striking portrait of Abraham Lincoln found in this book is drawn entirely from the writing of his contemporaries and extends from his political beginnings in Springfield to his assassination. It reveals a more severely beleaguered, less godlike, and finally a richer Lincoln than has come through many of the biographies of Lincoln written at a distance after his death. To those who are familiar only with the various "retouched" versions of Lincoln's life, Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait will be a welcome--if sometimes surprising--addition to the literature surrounding the man who is perhaps the central figure in all of American history.

The brutality, indeed that malignancy of some of the treatment Lincoln received at the hands of the press may well shock those readers who believe the second half of the twentieth century has a monopoly on the journalism of insult, outrage, and indignation. That Lincoln acted with the calm and clarity he did under the barrage of such attacks can only enhance his stature as one of the great political leaders of any nation at any time.

Herbert Mitgang is author of several books, including Once upon a Time in New York, The Man Who Rode the Tiger, The Letters of Carl Sandburg, The Return, America at Random, and Working for the Reader.

Author Notes

Herbert Mitgang was born in Manhattan, New York on January 20, 1920. He graduated from St. John's University and its law school and was admitted to the bar. While still in college, he was a sports stringer for The Brooklyn Eagle. During World War II, he served as an Army intelligence officer and journalist. He joined The New York Times after the war and retired in 1994.

At The Times, he wrote about numerous subjects including theater, foreign affairs and the law. He was editor of the Sunday Drama section from 1955 to 1963 and helped create the Op-Ed page, introduced in 1970. For three years in the mid-1960s, he was the assistant to Fred W. Friendly, the president of CBS News. He helped organize coverage of the Vietnam War and produced news programs including Vietnam Perspectives, which introduced voices opposed to the war.

During his lifetime, he wrote or edited 15 fiction and nonfiction books including The Montauk Fault, Dangerous Dossiers: Exposing the Secret War against America's Greatest Authors, Once Upon a Time in New York, and Newsmen in Khaki: Tales of a World War II Soldier-Correspondent. He also wrote two plays: Mr. Lincoln and Adlai Alone. He died from complications of pneumonia on November 21, 2013 at the age of 93.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Herbert Mitgang
Introduction to the 2000 Editionp. ix
Sources and Publicationsp. xix
Introductionp. xxiii
1 The Young Lincoln: March 1832-August 1846p. 3
2 Congressman Lincoln: August 1846-October 1854p. 49
3 The Great Debater: October 1854-November 1858p. 77
4 A National Man: November 1858-May 1860p. 129
5 Lincoln for President: May 1860-March 1861p. 163
6 President at War: March 1861-April 1862p. 235
7 The Emancipator: April 1862-January 1863p. 289
8 Commander in Chief: January 1863-June 1864p. 335
9 The Second Term: June 1864-April 14, 1865p. 399
10 As They Saw Him: April 15-May 1865p. 461
Indexp. 509