This is a really fantastic book about Abraham Lincoln's rise to the political forefront. It begins with his childhood, but quickly moves into his early adult years. He struggled financially for many years. After finally completing law school, things were still slow in coming. He endured multiple tragedies on personal fronts including losing two sons.
After taking office as president, war broke out. The struggles and mental anguish that Lincoln faced while the war raged on were absolutely horrifying. He was hated by many (mainly those against abolition). As we all know, he was the pioneer of human rights in our country.
We all know a little about Lincoln. This book gives a detailed account of Lincoln as a young, uneducated, manual laborer; a husband; an attorney and a president. The historical imagery is excellent. Donald actually made me feel like I was there observing conversations between Lincoln and his staff.
If you're a history buff, this is a must read.