And There Was Light Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer Jon Meacham chronicles the life of Abraham Lincoln, charting how—and why—he confronted secession, threats to democracy, and the tragedy of slavery to expand the possibilities of America.

“In his captivating new book, Jon Meacham has given us the Lincoln for our time.”—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


A president who governed a divided country has much to teach us in a twenty-first-century moment of polarization and political crisis. Hated and hailed, excoriated and revered, Abraham Lincoln was at the pinnacle of American power when implacable secessionists gave no quarter in a clash of visions bound up with money, race, identity, and faith. In him we can see the possibilities of the presidency as well as its limitations.

At once familiar and elusive, Lincoln tends to be seen as the greatest of American presidents—a remote icon—or as a politician driven more by calculation than by conviction. This illuminating new portrait gives us a very human Lincoln—an imperfect man whose moral antislavery commitment, essential to the story of justice in America, began as he grew up in an antislavery Baptist community; who insisted that slavery was a moral evil; and who sought, as he put it, to do right as God gave him to see the right.

This book tells the story of Lincoln from his birth on the Kentucky frontier in 1809 to his leadership during the Civil War to his tragic assassination in 1865: his rise, his self-education, his loves, his bouts of depression, his political failures, his deepening faith, and his persistent conviction that slavery must end. In a nation shaped by the courage of the enslaved of the era and by the brave witness of Black Americans, Lincoln’s story illustrates the ways and means of politics in a democracy, the roots and durability of racism, and the capacity of conscience to shape events.

SKU: 0553393960
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Random House (October 18, 2022)

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720 pages

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2.29 pounds

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6.43 x 1.48 x 9.53 inches

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#4 in United States Executive Government

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  • Tom Riddell

    This is a gem of a book, reaching into the depth and soul of a man who has intrigued millions since his horrific assassination in 1865.In the pages of this book, we are told the story of Lincoln from his birth on the Kentucky frontier in 1809, onward through his life to his leadership during the civil war years and lastly to the events that led up to his tragic assassination in 1865. We learn about his love of books, his self-education, his family history, his bouts of depression, his political failures, his deepening faith, and his continuing belief that slavery must end in order for the union to survive. This is a story about a man who anguishes over politics, the state of the nation and our democracy, and how he struggles to find solace and solutions in a time when he is both loved and hated by the citizens of America.Jon Meachem has delivered a gem of a book, reaching into the depth and soul of a man who has intrigued millions since his horrific assassination in 1865. We live in difficult times, and I think it is important and wise to sometimes look back into our history in order that we might find insight into some of our long standing and troubling issues. I have learned that Abraham Lincoln dealt with some of the very same problems that exist today: Racism, poverty, depression, a troubled marriage and he even lived through a plot to overthrow his election; an attempt to destroy ballots that were legally cast.Meachem delves into the mind of Lincoln throughout the book, offering up the Presidents thoughts and ideas on how he governed in extremely hard and dangerous times and how his faith served him:”Lincoln’s own faith in the unseen was elusive but real. In 1862, Lincoln closed a message to Congress by speaking of “my great responsibility to my God, and to my country”—a sign that the two were connected in the president’s mind and heart.””‘I may advance slowly,’ the president reputedly said, ‘but I don’t walk backward.’”This is an exceptional book. It should be read by any American who cares deeply for his country and yearns for a leader, despite his or her flaws, who can lead and love just in the same way that Lincoln did.This is a must read!

    December 25, 2022
  • historybuff

    This is not a book for the general reader who has not read one the standard bios of Lincoln or is familiar with the Civil War era. Meacham concentrates on Lincoln, what he believed, what her thought and how he arrived a policies and decisions. Much space is devoted to slavery. To put things in contest it is important to know what was happening. But, if the reader is familiar with events then this is an excellent book because Meacham clearly fits Lincoln into the times.

    December 25, 2022
  • Laura Dwight

    One of the greatest history writers of all time. I really enjoy his books. His books are something that my dad (83) and I can talk about. I love Abe Lincoln. I just wish Mr. Meacham would do young adult versions of this books, because a lot of his work are taught in schools in elementary-high schools. Well pleased thank you.

    December 25, 2022
  • Michael Macijeski

    I have read more books on Lincoln than any other individual. Yet I couldn’t resist the call of this one.Meacham does his usual great job of research–the sheer number of eyewitness quotes, including many I’ve never seen before, is impressive. But best of all for me is Meacham’s coverage of Lincoln’s personal growth in relation to the slavery issue and race, and his gradual development of a powerful sense of divine providence guiding him and the nation.Meacham’s deployment of a rich assortment of sources leaves little doubt as to either Lincoln’s thoughts and feelings at various times, or those of his allies and enemies.Meacham’s goal seems to be spotlighting the unique contributions of Lincoln to ending slavery and saving the Union amidst an extremely volatile time when many other outcomes were possible. For me, he succeeded.

    December 25, 2022
  • Amazon Customer

    I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s. What we were taught was that President Lincoln had been instrumental in freeing the slaves and that his birthday was a holiday.This book taught me there was so much more to know about the man and I am grateful. Thank you.

    December 25, 2022
  • Kristie Myers

    This is a must read book. Hard to believe we could be more divided as a country but we were. History will tell the story of good vs evil in our times. So many small details that remind you what we have endured as a country. This book should be taught in school

    December 25, 2022
  • Queen Esther

    The life of Abraham Lincoln has never been told with such honesty and compassion. So detailed and well written that I didn’t want it to end, of course, knowing how it was going to end. I never had a book bring me to tears at his assassination, but this one did. Importantly, it relates to the events of today. Most striking to me was the depth of the racism in the total population at that time and the many excuses for it. And it isn’t dead today. Lincoln kept to his moral compass in the midst of the whirlwind of passions and practical temptations to do otherwise. I further understand why he is our nations most beloved president. An incredible book.

    December 25, 2022
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  • Kenneth W. Kickbusch

    Jon Meacham’s AND THEN THERE WAS LIGHT is a brilliant new reminder that the qualities of those elected to public office are central to the maintenance of American democracy. The book is a powerful restatement of Lincoln’s moral authority which was honed by his life experiences, his careful reading of the literature of the day, his choice of personal allies, and his deep commitment to his vision of human decency. Without a formal education he was able to navigate the intricacies of the law, find his way through the political thickets of the western frontier, and emerge with an unshakable more authority to lead the nation.

    December 25, 2022
  • R. E. Weaver

    I believe all who believe we can learn from history will love this book. Importantly, the book presents a balanced assessment of often genius, often flawed coping with morality in political leadership.

    December 25, 2022

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