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Lincoln in Private
A deeply private man, shut off even to those who worked closely with him, Abraham Lincoln often captured “his best thoughts,” as he called them, in short notes to himself. He would work out his personal stances on the biggest issues of the day, never expecting anyone to see these frank, unpolished pieces of writing, which he’d then keep close at hand, in desk drawers and even in his top hat. The profound importance of these notes has been overlooked, because the originals are scattered across several different archives and have never before been brought together and examined as a coherent whole. Renowned Lincoln historian Ronald C. White will walk us through some of Lincoln’s most important private notes, showcasing our greatest president’s brilliance and empathy, but also his very human anxieties and ambitions.

May 20, 2021 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Ronald C. White
Ronald C. White is the author of the New York Times bestselling presidential biography A. Lincoln: A Biography [2009]. USA Today said, “If you read one book about Lincoln, make it A. LINCOLN.” He is also the author of Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural, a New York Times Notable Book, and The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words, a Los Angeles Times bestseller. A second presidential biography, American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant, a New York Times bestseller, won the 2017 William Henry Seward Award for “Excellence in Civil War Biography.” Lincoln in Private, is a revelatory look at Lincoln through the lens of private notes he wrote to himself. The book will include a sixteen-page color insert and will be published by Random House on May 4, 2021. White is a graduate of UCLA, Princeton Theological Seminary, and received a Ph.D. in Religion and History from Princeton University.