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By Fred Kaplan

From acclaimed biographer Fred Kaplan comes an illuminating examine the lifetime of Abraham Lincoln that chronicles his genius with language.

“Fred Kaplan’s Lincoln deals penetrating insights on Lincoln’s skill to give an explanation for complicated rules in language obtainable to a extensive diversity of readers and listeners.”
— James M. McPherson, The long island overview of Books

“A superb, important book… sure to develop into necessary to our knowing of the sixteenth president… Kaplan meticulously analyzes how Lincoln’s gradually maturing prose sort enabled him to come back to grips with slavery and, as his personal perspectives advanced, to precise his deepening competition to it.”
— Jonathan Yardley, The Washington publish e-book World

Fascinating… persuasive [and] hugely perceptive.”
— Michiko Kakutani, The big apple Times

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Still, I left. I could say that I was thinking of the vows I was supposed to recite in another few months or that between the photographer and F. there was no choice. But, really, who was asking me to make a choice? (The allure of infidelity—one of 0738215266-text_Layout 1 8/24/12 10:06 AM Page 37 Another Insane Devotion 37 the allures—is the allure of not choosing. —make me stay later and later, until she’d either gotten the wrong impression or was good and sick of me. It may be that much of my loyalty to F.

Marilyn Monroe says, “It’s okay, I guess. ” So Marilyn Monroe shows John Wayne her boobies, and he feels them with his hands. ” John Wayne says, “That’s okay. ” I heard this joke in my first year of grade school, from the boy sitting at the desk next to mine. I don’t remember anything about him, but I can still remember the sweet voltage that tore 0738215266-text_Layout 1 8/24/12 10:06 AM Page 33 Another Insane Devotion 33 through me as I got his meaning. ” For a moment, I was almost too shocked to laugh.

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