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Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power By Richard Carwardine 2007 | 416 Pages | ISBN: 1400096022 | EPUB | 4 MB As a defender of national unity, a leader in war, and the emancipator of slaves, Abraham Lincoln lays ample claim to being the greatest of our presidents. But the story of his rise to greatness is as complex as it is compelling. In this superb, prize-winning biography, acclaimed historian Richard Carwardine examines Lincolns dramatic political journey, from his early years in the Illinois legislature to his nation-shaping years in the White House. Here, Carwardine combines a new perspective with a compelling narrative to deliver a fresh look at one of the pillars of American politics. He probes the sources of Lincolns moral and political philosophy and uses his groundbreaking research to cut through the myth and expose the man behind it.