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Radical Lincoln

Inside the Mind of America's Most Fascinating President

Published by National Geographic
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

He has more books written about him than any other President of the United States but what do we really know about the man himself? There are a handful of facts: he was from the frontier, was raised in a poor farmer family, had a passion for learning, was quiet, and a skeptic. Millions of words have been spilled over the details of his life. But who was the real Lincoln? In this daring ebook short, K. M. Kostyal uses the facts of Lincoln’s early life to build a psychological profile of the man who would change the course of history. She examines his early life to understand how this bright frontier lawyer would come to lead a nation, noting especially the dramatic influence of Lincoln’s hard-driving father and his brilliant, political, and often misunderstood wife Mary in challenging him to reach for the highest office in the United States. She further looks at just how such a brilliant political mind was able to maintain his connection to simple country folk, and how that connection has amplified over the decades so that the ‘cult of Lincoln’ that only grows larger with each passing year. Bringing fresh insights and a brilliant grasp of history to one of history’s most enigmatic characters, Kostyal paints a compulsively readable portrait that will be a popular read for years to come.

About The Author

K. M. Kostyal's many books and articles have covered the heroics of people and animals, the subtleties of place, and the richness of ideas and aspirations that propel human behavior. A longtime writer for National Geographic, she has authored books on the lives of polar explorers, war heroes, and the child survivors of war. Her most recent work, Great Migrations, is the official companion book to the National Geographic Channel's acclaimed series by the same name. In her years in publishing, she has worked as a senior editor at both National Geographic magazine and the National Geographic Book Division, as a contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler, and as a contributor to Paraculture Books and to Islands and AARP magazines. She's the recipient of two Lowell Thomas Awards and a member of Ripple Effect Images.

Product Details

  • Publisher: National Geographic (November 6, 2012)
  • Length: 45 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781426210051

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