Reading Guides, Volume 9

Ten Best Abraham Lincoln Biographies

Abraham Lincoln Biographies

Overwhelmed by the sheer number of Lincoln biographies? Don’t know where to start?

Lincoln is probably my favorite American president, and Abraham Lincoln books far outnumber those about any other US president.  Here are ten of the best Lincoln biographies.


1. Lincoln
by David Herbert Donald.


Many critics agree that if you are only going to read one Abraham Lincoln biography, this is the one to read…




When and Where was Abraham Lincoln born?

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in Larue County, Kentucky

How many books about Abraham Lincoln have been published?

Over 16,000 books about Lincoln have been published, as of May 2021, including over 125 books on his assassination. This number is larger than the number of books written about any other person in U.S. history.

To What Political Party did Lincoln belong?

Although Lincoln belonged to the Whig Party early in his career, he ran for President as a Republican, and he is best known for his identification with the Republican Party.


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