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Books about Lincoln's Presidency

  • Anastaplo, George. Abraham Lincoln: A Constitutional Biography. Rowan & Littlefield, 1999.

  • Bates, David H.; introduction by James A. Rawley. Lincoln in the Telegraph Office: Recollections of the United States Military Telegraph Corps During the Civil War. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995.

  • Belz, Herman. Abraham Lincoln, Constitutionalism, and Equal Rights in the Civil War Era. New York: Fordham University Press, 1997.

  • Belz, Herman. Reconstructing the Union. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1969.

  • Boritt, Gabor S. Lincoln and the Economics of the American Dream. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994.

  • Boritt, Gabor S., Simon, John Y., Sears, Stephen W. Lincoln's Generals. Oxford University Press, 1995.

  • Boritt, Gabor S., ed. Lincoln the War President: The Gettysburg Lectures. Oxford University Press, 1994.

  • Boritt, Gabor, ed. The Lincoln Enigma. Oxford University Press, 2001.
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  • Brooks, Noah. Abraham Lincoln and the Downfall of American Slavery. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1894.

  • Brooks, Noah, Michael Burlingame (editor). Lincoln Observed: The Civil War Dispatches of Noah Brooks. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.

  • Brownstein, Elizabeth. Lincoln's Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and His Presidency. John Wiley & Sons, 2005.

  • Bruce, Robert V. Lincoln and the Tools of War. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989, paperback edition.

  • Burlingame, Michael. Abraham Lincoln: The Observations of John G. Nicolay and John Hay. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University, 2007.

  • Burlingame, Michael. Lincoln and the Civil War. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2011.

  • Carpenter, F.B., introduction by Mark Neely. The Inner Life of Abraham Lincoln: Six Months at the White House. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995.

  • Carnahan, Burrus M. Lincoln on Trial: Southern Civilians and the Law of War. University Press of Kentucky, 2010.

  • Carwardine, Richard J. Lincoln: Profiles in Power. Harlow: Pearson Longman, 2003.

  • Carwardine, Richard and Sexton, Jay, editors. The Global Lincoln. Oxford University Press, 2011.

  • Conroy, James B. Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865. Lyons Press, January.

  • Cox, Lawanda C. Fenleson. Lincoln and Black Freedom: A Study in Presidential Leadership. University of South Carolina Press, 1994.

  • Current, Richard N. Lincoln and the First Shot. Waveland Press, 1990.

  • Davis, William C. Lincoln's Men. New York: The Free Press, 1999.

  • DeRose, Chris. The Presidents' War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War that Divided Them. Lyons Press, 2014.

  • Deutsch, Kenneth L. and Fornieri, Joseph R., editors. Lincoln's American Dream: Clashing Political Perspectives. Potomac Books, 2005.

  • Diggins, John P. On Hallowed Ground: Abraham Lincoln and the Foundations of American History. Yale University Press, 2000.

  • Dirck, Brian R. Lincoln and the Constitution. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012.

  • Dirck, Brian R. Lincoln & Davis: Imagining America, 1809-1865. University Press of Kansas, 2001.

  • Dirck, Brian R., editor. Lincoln Emancipated: The President and the Politics of Race. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2007.

  • Dodge, Grenville. M. Personal Recollections of President Abraham Lincoln, General Uylsses S. Grant and William T. Sherman. University Press of the Pacific, 2005. (reprint edition)

  • Donald, David Herbert and Harold Holzer, editors. Lincoln in the Times: The Life of Abraham Lincoln as Originally Reported in the New York Times. St. Martin's Press, 2005.

  • Donald, David Herbert. Lincoln Reconsidered: Essays on the Civil War. Vintage Books, 1989.

  • Donald, David Herbert. The Politics of Reconstruction 1863-1867. Replica Books, 2000.

  • Dorris, Jonathan T. Pardon and Amnesty Under Lincoln and Johnson. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1953.

  • Farber, Daniel A. Lincoln's Constitution. University of Chicago Press, 2003.

  • Foner, Eric. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. W.W. Norton & Co., 2010.

  • Fornieri, Joseph. R. Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman. Carbondale:Southern Illinois University Press, 2014.

  • Fornieri, Joseph R. Abraham Lincoln's Political Faith. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2003.

  • Franklin, John H. The Emancipation Proclamation. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., 1963.

  • Frederickson, George M. Big Enough to be Inconsistent: Abraham Lincoln Confronts Slavery and Race. Harvard University Press, 2008.

  • Gienapp, William E. Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America. Oxford University Press, 2002.

  • Gilmore, James R. Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Stackpole Books, 2007. (reprint edition)

  • Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Simon & Schuster, 2005.

  • Guelzo, Allen. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America. Simon & Schuster, 2004.

  • Harris, William C. Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union. University Press of Kansas, 2011.

  • Harris, William C. Lincoln and the Union Governors. Southern Illinois University Press, 2013.

  • Harris, William C. Lincoln's Last Months. Harvard University Press, 2004.

  • Hay, John; Michael Burlingame (editor). At Lincoln's Side: John Hay's Civil War Correspondence and Selected Writings. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2000.

  • Hay, John; Michael Burlingame and John R. T. Ettlinger (editors). Inside Lincoln's White House: The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1999.

  • Harris, William C. With Charity For All: Lincoln and the Reconstruction of the Union. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1999.

  • Hendrick, Burton J. Lincoln's War Cabinet. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1946.

  • Hesseltine, William B. Lincoln and the War Governors. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948.

  • Hogan, Jackie. Lincoln, Inc.: Selling the Sixteenth President in Contemporary America. Rowman & Littleton, 2011.

  • Holzer, Harold and Gabbard, Sarah Vaughn, editors. 1863: Lincoln's Pivotal Year. Carbondale: Southern University Press, 2013.

  • Holzer, Harold, editor. The Lincoln Mailbag: America Writes to the President, 1861-186. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1998.

  • Hubbard, Charles M., editor. Lincoln Reshapes the Presidency. Mercer University Press, 2003.

  • Hubbard, Charles M., editor. Lincoln, the Law and Presidential Leadership. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2015.

  • Jaffa, Harry V. A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War. Rowman & Littlefield, 2000.

  • Jones, Howard. Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom: The Union and Slavery in the Diplomacy of the Civil War. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002.

  • Keckley, Elizabeth and Foster, Frances Smith. Behind the Scenes: Thirty Years a Slave, Or, Four Years in the White House. Softcover reprint edition, University of Illinois Press, 2002.

  • Klement, Frank L., Steven K. Rogstad, ed. Lincoln's Critics: The Copperheads of the North. White Mane Publishing, 1999.

  • Klingaman, William K. Abraham Lincoln and the Road to Emancipation. Reissue edition, Penguin USA, 2002.

  • Krannawitter, Thomas L. Vindicating Lincoln: Defending the Policies of Our Greatest President. Rowman & Littlefield, 2008.

  • Lamb, Brian and Swain, Susan, editors. Abraham Lincoln: Great American Historians on Our Sixteenth President. Public Affairs, October 2008.

  • Long, David E. The Jewel of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln's Re-Election and the End of Slavery. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books, 1994.

  • Mahin, Dean. One War at a Time: The International Dimensions of the American Civil War. Dulles, Virginia: Brassey's, 1999.

  • Maihafer, Harry J. War of Words: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Press. Brasseys, Inc., 2002.

  • Marsala, Vincent; Pederson, William; Williams, Frank, ed. Abraham Lincoln: Sources and Styles of Leadership. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1994.

  • Macartney, Clarence. Mr. Lincoln's Admirals. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1956.

  • Masur, Louis P. Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union. Belknap Press, 2012.

  • McClintock, Russell A. Lincoln and the Decision for War. University of North Carolina Press, 2008.

  • McClure, Alexander K. (James Rawley intro.). Abraham Lincoln and Men of War-Times: Some Personal Recollections of War and Politics During the Lincoln Administration. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996.

  • McCrary, Peyton. Abraham Lincoln and Reconstruction: the Louisiana Experiment. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978.

  • McPherson, James. Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992, reprint edition.

  • McPherson, James M. Abraham Lincoln: A Presidential Life. Oxford University Press, 2009.

  • McPherson, James M. Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief. Penguin Press, 2008.

  • McPherson, James, ed. We Cannot Escape History: Lincoln and the Last Best Hope of Earth. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1995.

  • Miller, William Lee. President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman. Knopf, 2008.

  • Monaghan, Jay (Howard Jones intro). Abraham Lincoln Deals with Foreign Affairs. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1997.

  • Morel, Lucas E. Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-Government. Lexington Books, 2000.

  • Morel, Lucas, editor. Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages. University Press of Kentucky, 2015.

  • Neely, Mark E. Jr. Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation: Constitutional Conflict in the American Civil War. University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

  • Neely, Mark E., Jr. The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

  • Neely, Mark E., Jr. The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995.

  • Nichols, David A. and Nicholas, David. Lincoln and the Indians: Civil War Policy and Politics. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000.

  • Nicolay, John G.; Michael Burlingame (editor). With Lincoln in the White House: Letters, Memoranda, and Other Writings of John G. Nicolay, 1860-1865. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2000.

  • Oakes, James. The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and the Triumph of Antislavery. W.W. Norton, 2007.

  • Paludan, Phillip S. The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1994.

  • Pederson, William D. and Williams, Frank J., editors. Frankin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln: Completing Perspectives on Two Great Presidencies. M.E. Sharpe, 2002.

  • Peraino, Kevin. Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power. Crown, 2013.

  • Perret, Geoffrey. Lincoln's War: The Untold Story of America's Greatest President as Commander in Chief. Random House, 2004.

  • Pinsker, Matthew. Lincoln's Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers' Home. Oxford University Press, 2003.

  • Phillips, Donald T. Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times. Warner Books, 1993.

  • Potter, David. Lincoln and His Party in the Secession Crisis. Baton Rouge: Louisiana University Press, 1993.

  • Randall, James G. Constitutional Problems Under Lincoln. rev. ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1951.

  • Randall, J. G. and Current, Richard Nelson. Lincoln the President: Last Full Measure. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000.

  • Randall, James G. Lincoln the President: Springfield to Gettysburg. (Reprint) New York: Da Capo Press, 1997.

  • Randall, James G. Midstream to the Last Full Measure. (Reprint) New York: Da Capo Press, 1997.

  • Rawley, James A. Abraham Lincoln and a Nation Worth Fighting For. Bison Books, 2003.

  • Rice, Allen Thorndike. Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln by Distinguished Men of His Time. Kessinger Publishing, 2005 reprint of 1886 edition.

  • Sandburg, Carl. Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, vol 4. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1939.

  • Sandburg, Carl. The Prairie Years and the War Years. One-volume edition; Harvest Books, 1989.

  • Segal, Charles M. (compiler). Conversations with Lincoln. Transactions Publishing, 2002.

  • Simon, John Y., et al. The Lincoln Forum: Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg, and the Civil War. Savas Publishing Co., 1999.

  • Simon, John Y. and Holzer, Harold. The Lincoln Forum: Rediscovering Lincoln. Fordham University Press, 2002.

  • Simon, John Y. The Union Forever: Lincoln, Grant and the Civil War. University Press of Kentucky, 2012.

  • Smith, John David. Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013.

  • Stoddard, William O.; Michael Burlingame (editor). Dispatches from Lincoln's White House: The Anonymous Civil War Journalism of Presidential Secretary William O. Stoddard. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002.

  • Stoddard, William O.; Michael Burlingame (editor). Inside the White House in War Times: Memoirs and Reports of Lincoln's Secretary. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.

  • Striner, Richard. Father Abraham: Lincoln's Relentless Struggle to End Slavery. Oxford University Press, 2006.

  • Symonds, Craig L. Lincoln and His Admirals. Oxford University Press, 2008.

  • Tap, Bruce. Over Lincoln's Shoulder: The Committee on the Conduct of the War. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998.

  • Thomas, Benjamin; Michael Burlingame (editor). Lincoln's Humor and Other Essays. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002.

  • Trefousse, Hans L. First Among Equals: Abraham Lincoln's Reputation During His Administration. Fordham University Press, 2005.

  • Von Drehle, David. Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year. Henry Holt & Co., 2012.

  • Watson, Robert P., Pedersen, William D., and Williams, Frank J., editors. Lincoln's Enduring Legacy: Perspective from Great Thinkers, Great Leaders, and the American Experiment. Lexington Books, 2010.

  • Waugh, John C. Lincoln and McClellan: The Troubled Partnership Between a President and His General. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

  • Waugh, John C. One Man Great Enough: Abraham Lincoln's Road to Civil War. Harcourt, 2007.

  • Waugh, John C. Reelecting Lincoln: The Presidential Election of 1864. Crown Publishers, 1998.

  • Wieck, Carl F. Lincoln's Quest for Equality: The Road to Gettysburg. DeKalb: Northern Illinois Press, October 2002.

  • Williams, Frank, et al. Judging Lincoln. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2002.

  • Williams, T. Harry. Lincoln and His Generals. Random House reprint, 2001.

  • Williams, Kenneth P. Lincoln Finds a General: A Military History of the Civil War. Indiana University Press, 1985.

  • Woldman, Albert A. Lincoln and the Russians. Cleveland and New York: World Publishing Co., 1952.

  • Zornow, William F. Lincoln and the Party Divided. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1954.

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