Land of Lincoln

Land of Lincoln

Adventures in Abe's America

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Baker & Taylor
A journalist embarks on a cross-country odyssey in search of Abraham Lincoln's place in modern-day America and discovers the often surprising legacy of his personality, philosophy, and mythology.

Perseus Publishing
Before he grew up and became one of Washington’s most respected reporters and editors, Andrew Ferguson was, of all things, a Lincoln buff ? with the photos hung on his bedroom wall to prove it. Decades later, Ferguson’s latent buffdom is reignited. In Land of Lincoln , he embarks on a curiosity-fueled coast-to-coast journey through contemporary Lincoln Nation, encountering everything from hatred to adoration to opportunism and all manner of reaction in between. He attends a national conference of Lincoln impersonators; attends a leadership conference based on Lincoln’s ?management style”; drags his family across the three-state-long and now defunct Lincoln Heritage Trail; and even manages to hold one of five original copies of the Gettysburg Address. Along the way he weaves in enough history to hook readers of presidential biographies and popular histories while providing the engaging voice and style of the best narrative journalism. This is an entertaining, unexpected, and big-hearted celebration of Lincoln and his enduring influence on the country he helped create.


Book News
Ferguson (a senior editor at The Weekly Standard) combines travelogue, memoir, and historiography in describing his travels around the United States, sometimes with reluctant family in tow, investigating how President Abraham Lincoln is remembered in museums, at monuments and historic sites, by impersonators ("Lincoln presenters"), and even in business conferences. While he often adopts a light-hearted tone, Ferguson's takes can become pretty jaundiced towards those he sees as misappropriating Lincoln to further their own political agendas, though one rather suspects his own right-leaning blinders and preference for the history of "great men" as national icons were not subjected to quite as much critical scrutiny. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher Group West
Before he grew up and became one of Washington’s most respected reporters and editors, Andrew Ferguson was, of all things, a Lincoln buff — with the photos hung on his bedroom wall to prove it. Decades later, Ferguson’s latent buffdom is reignited. In Land of Lincoln, he embarks on a curiosity-fueled coast-to-coast journey through contemporary Lincoln Nation, encountering everything from hatred to adoration to opportunism and all manner of reaction in between. He attends a national conference of Lincoln impersonators; attends a leadership conference based on Lincoln’s “management style”; drags his family across the three-state-long and now defunct Lincoln Heritage Trail; and even manages to hold one of five original copies of the Gettysburg Address. Along the way he weaves in enough history to hook readers of presidential biographies and popular histories while providing the engaging voice and style of the best narrative journalism. This is an entertaining, unexpected, and big-hearted celebration of Lincoln and his enduring influence on the country he helped create.


Baker
& Taylor

A respected journalist and lifelong Lincoln buff embarks on a cross-country odyssey in search of Abraham Lincoln's place in modern-day America and discovers the often surprising legacy of his personality, philosophy, and mythology as he seeks out premier collectors of Lincoln memorabilia, follows the Lincoln Heritage Trail, attends a national conference of Lincoln impersonators, and more. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780871139672
0871139677
Branch Call Number: 973.7092 F3811L 2007
Characteristics: xiv, 279 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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