Andrew Ferguson picked up the paper from his stoop one morning and saw the headline “Lincoln statue stirs outrage in Richmond.” “Who could object to Lincoln?”, Ferguson wondered. “It would be like objecting to the moon.” Ferguson – a senior editor of The Weekly Standard and a Lincoln buff since boyhood — was so puzzled by this headline that eventually led him on a coast-to-coast journey through contemporary Lincoln Nation, encountering everything from hatred to adoration to opportunism and all manner of reaction in between. The result of that journey is the frequently hilarious “Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe’s America” — a travelogue, a history, a biography, and a witty commentary rolled into one highly entertaining look at our sixteenth president, who is still making headlines.
In Land of Lincoln, Ferguson:
“Extraordinary and wonderful” — Tod Lindberg, Washington Times
“There are at least 14,000 books on Abraham Lincoln, and even his greatest enthusiasts won’t claim to have read a tenth of them. Do we need another? Yes, indeed. What Andrew Ferguson offers in Land of Lincoln is the geography of enthusiasm itself” – Ernest W. Lefever in The Wall St. Journal
” ‘Land of Lincoln’ is like its subject: wise, funny, melancholic, virtuous, complex, tragic, undefeated, kind, stern, and possessed of a fund of wonderful stories.”– P. J. O’Rourke
“Now he belongs to the ages — including the age of kitsch, criticism and yearning in which we live. Andy Ferguson, one of the best writers in America, tracks Lincoln through twenty-first century America with humanity, clarity, humor, and passion — the very qualities of Lincoln himself.” — Richard Brookhiser, National Review
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