Book Description: â€śFred Kaplanâ€™s Lincoln offers penetrating insights on Lincolnâ€™s ability to explain complex ideas in language accessible to a broad range of readers and listeners.â€ť â€” James M. McPherson, The New York Review of Books â€śA fine, invaluable book. . . . Certain to become essential to our understanding of the 16th president. . . . Kaplan meticulously analyzes how Lincolnâ€™s steadily maturing prose style enabled him to come to grips with slavery and, as his own views evolved, to express his deepening opposition to it.â€ť â€” Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World Fascinating. . . . persuasive [and] highly perceptive.â€ť â€” Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times From acclaimed biographer Fred Kaplan comes an illuminating look at the life of Abraham Lincoln that chronicles his genius with language.