Land of Lincoln (2007) 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… 2007-06-10 History Nonfiction Atlantic Monthly Press
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Land of Lincoln (2007)

Details Release Date: Jun 10, 2007; Genres: History, Nonfiction; Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

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+

Originally posted Jun 15, 2007 Published in issue #940 Jun 22, 2007 Order article reprints