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Abraham Lincoln: An Uncommon Man: A Narrative of His Life: Abridged Version

Gary Dorris

Pages: 196
ISBN: 978-145752-846-0
List Price: 13.95
Category: Nonfiction
Available: September 2014
Edition: Perfectbound

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This abridged edition of the acclaimed Abraham Lincoln-an uncommon, common man, is an introduction to the extraordinary life of Abraham Lincoln, engaging for adults and suitable for most younger readers. Lincoln was a complicated man; unassuming but ambitious, honest but wily, humorous but occasionally despondent, and he thought slavery was evil but believed it was protected by the U.S. Constitution in certain states. The author tells of Lincoln’s generosity in both victory and defeat, his continual quest for selfimprovement, his personal tragedies, and his compassion in the midst of war. However, Lincoln was a skillful politician who pushed the Emancipation Proclamation although it did not free many slaves, used patronage to secure votes, and ordered the extraordinary use of Presidential War Powers. His life story is told in a generally chronological series of chapters focused on a time or specific event in Lincoln’s life from his childhood to his time in New Salem on his own, his “adventure in the Law,” his close relationship with friends, his political career, his family, and his unlikely rise to become President of the United States.

Gary Dorris grew up in the small coal mining town of Zeigler in Southern Illinois. The town and School libraries held numerous volumes favorable to Lincoln, but also had books critical of Lincoln’s actions during the Civil War. Dorris studied both perspectives and developed a life-long admiration of Lincoln. Dorris graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1964 and was commissioned as an Air Force Officer. He left active duty in 1970 as a Captain and moved to Spokane, Washington where he began a long career in banking and finance. He relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1986 and later became the President of a bank holding company. Gary retired in 2008 and still lives in Scottsdale with his wife Kay, his high school sweetheart who he married in 1964.