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Politicians have never been shy about writing about themselves, even when it seemed that all they could expect from the public was a polite nod. The Civil War era abounded in such political selfies, among them George W. Julian’s Political Recollections 1840 to 1872, John Sherman’s Recollections of Forty Years in the House, Senate and Cabinet, David Turpie’s Sketches of My Own Times, Albert Riddle’s Recollections of War Times: Reminiscences of Men and Events in Washington, 1860–1865, Alexander McClure’s Recollections of Half a Century, and, of course, Ulysses S. Grant’s Complete Personal Memoirs. [excerpt]


Book Reviewed: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln: A Self-Made Man, 1809-1849.
by Sidney Blumenthal, Simon & Schuster, 576 pp.

This piece was originally published in Washington Monthly, and was later published by the Illinois Times, and the State Journal-Register.

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Original version is available from the Washington Monthly.