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Lincoln Bookshelf


It is said there are more books about Lincoln than anyone else in history other than Jesus Christ and Napoleon Bonaparte. There are so many books about Lincoln, someone once joked that American literature could be divided into three categories: fiction, non-fiction, and Lincoln biographies!

How can you possibly know which book to read out of the thousands of books about Lincoln?

  • Begin by checking the Essential Lincoln Bookshelf reading list. This list, courtesy of Chicago’s Abraham Lincoln Bookshop, lists the 155 books they consider the best of the best.
  • Or take a look at the classic Lincoln ­e-Books from the collection of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Read a chapter from some of the most recent works to help you decide what check out at the library or buy at the bookstore.
  • Watch for soon-to-be published books that will be published in conjunction with the Bicentennial.