Download e-book for kindle: A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan

By Stephen Harrigan

ISBN-10: 0307700674

ISBN-13: 9780307700674

The writer of the best-selling The Gates of the Alamo now supplies us a galvanizing portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the course of a crucially revealing interval of his existence, the early Springfield years, whilst he risked either his sanity and his moral bearings as he looked for the good future he believed to be his.

It is Illinois within the 1830s and 1840s. Abraham Lincoln is a circuit-riding attorney, a member of the nation legislature, a guy of virtually ungovernable ambition. To his buddies he's additionally a cherished determine, by means of turns charmingly awkward and mesmerizingly self-possessed—a guy of whom they, too, count on titanic issues. between his neighbors and political colleagues are Joshua pace, William Herndon, Stephen Douglas, etc who've come to the exploding frontier city of Springfield to discover their futures.

It is thru one other buddy, a fictional poet, Cage Weatherby, that we are going to come to understand Lincoln in his twenties and thirties, as a chain of formative, striking incidents unfolds—his carrier within the Black Hawk struggle, his participation in a poetry-writing society, a problem to a duel that starts as a farce yet speedy rises to deadly strength . . . Cage either admires and clashes with Lincoln, occasionally wondering his criminal ethics and his wary stance on slavery. yet he's by means of Lincoln’s part as Lincoln slips backward and forward among excessive spirits and soul-hollowing disappointment and melancholy, and as he recovers from a disastrous courtship of 1 lady to marry the gorgeous, capricious, politically savvy Mary Todd. it's Mary who will convey balance to Lincoln’s existence, yet who also will set off a clash that sends the 2 males on very varied paths into the future.

Historically exact, wealthy in personality, full of the juice and desires and uncooked pursuits of american citizens at the make in an early frontier urban, a pal of Mr. Lincoln is a revelatory and relocating portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in his younger manhood. it's a close-up, regarding adventure, this sort of vivid glimpse underneath the veneer of historical past that in basic terms the superior fiction promises.

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His job was a great game and he was good at it. And the West had all those shops bursting with everything you could ever want, and more of anything than you would ever actually need. But the people he had to deal with filled him with disgust. His current assignment was especially trying – making contact with a group of supposed revolutionaries who called themselves the Red Army Faction. They had started to make the news with some regularity now, although the Western media usually referred to them as the Baader-Meinhof Gang, after two of their leading lights.

Alex spent a good hour on it before he became distracted. His room annoyed him. He was too old for his Sandman doll there on the bookshelf, but he couldn’t bring himself to throw it away. He had loved the TV series when he was younger. The adventures of the red-costumed character with the white beard, usually involving a trip into space, had enthralled him. When he was ten, he was convinced he was going to be a cosmonaut. It sounded more exciting than the other career options on offer, like power station engineer or tram driver.

Alex was no longer listening. In his head, he was trying to work out the fingering on ‘Honky Tonk Women’ by the Rolling Stones, and wondering why he could never get it to sound like them. One of his mates had told him you had to tune the guitar differently. Alex had never thought of that. Seeing Alex’s gaze had settled somewhere between the window and infinity, Herr Walter sighed. ‘Alex, you are trying my patience. Please go. ’ He watched Alex leave with a mounting sense of impatience, then reached for a progress form and began to scribble rapidly.

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