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Land of Lincoln

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In this wry travelogue, Lincoln obsessive Andrew Ferguson explores his fascination with America’s 16th president. The Weekly Standard senior editor zips around the U.S., visiting museums and historical societies, interviewing Abe-philes and -phobes alike. A Lincoln impersonator offers him a faux mole off his face, while a Beverly Hills widow shows off her prized collection of Lincoln-ana, including a chamber pot and mourning ribbons. While Land of Lincoln is surprisingly light on actual historiography, Ferguson scores with his quips: He even tweaks Dale Carnegie for invoking Lincoln as a kind of imaginary self-help guru: ”WW$5D?” B+

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