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The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner.. The best book on Lincoln lately illuminates the complex, fraught milieu which informed and shaped his moral intelligence. The Great Emancipator’s deficits and inconsistencies are not so different from our own.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Original and compelling….In the vast library on Lincoln, Foner’s book stands out as the most sensible and sensitive reading of Lincoln’s lifetime involvement with slavery and the most insightful assessment of Lincoln’s—and indeed America’s—imperative to move toward freedom lest it be lost. An essential work for all Americans.."

Library Journal

"Do we need yet another book on Lincoln?... Well, yes, we do—if the book is by so richly informed a commentator as Eric Foner. Foner tackles what would seem to be an obvious topic, Lincoln and slavery, and manages to cast new light on it.... Because of his broad-ranging knowledge of the 19th century, Foner is able to provide the most thorough and judicious account of Lincoln's attitudes toward slavery that we have.."

The New York Times Book Review

Author bio: Eric DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is one of this country's most prominent historians. He received his doctoral degree at Columbia under the supervision of Richard Hofstadter. He is only the second person to serve as president of the three major professional organizations: the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, and Society of American Historians, and one of a handful to have won the Bancroft Prize twice and the Bancroft and Pulitzer Prizes in the same year. Professor Foner's publications have concentrated on the intersections of intellectual, political and social history, and the history of American race relations. More information can be found here:

Book Details: History; 436 pp. Vivid, engaging: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions

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