Lincoln: President Elect (Simon & Schuster, $30), by Harold Holzer, should be widely read before January 20. Holzer, who has written or co-authored thirty books on Lincoln, examines the interregnum between Lincoln’s election, on November 6, and his assumption of office on March 20. What was Lincoln doing to prepare for his Presidency during that time? Lincoln has sometimes been accused of bungling or wasting the time, but Holzer offers a picture of “this altogether original leader –‘inexperienced in wielding great power’ yet astonishingly intuitive and gifted with remarkable instincts for communication—whom Americans chose.” Sound familiar?  The divisions now, however angry they are, cannot be compared to those on the eve of the Civil War.

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The Kunhardt family has amassed an enormous collection of Lincoln memorabilia. Luckily for the world, they wish to share it, and are intelligent presenters of their compilation. In Looking For Lincoln (Knopf, $50), Philip, Peter, and Peter, Jr., offer a history in photographs of the way Lincoln was seen in fact and in legend during the fifty years following his assassination; they call this “The Making of an American Icon.” Because of its copious illustrations and year-by-year organization, this book is accessible to non-scholars as well as useful to serious students of Lincoln.

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Ted Sorensen waited 35 years to write Counselor (HarperCollins, $27.95). His personal account of the Kennedy White House is an absorbing and revelatory memoir about a young, shy, abstemious intellectual from Nebraska who became JFK’s close advisor. Although Sorensen’s official title was Special Counsel to the President, his duties extended further. His superb speechwriting skills were so frequently called upon that Theodore White gave Sorensen credit for “many of Kennedy’s finest thoughts and expressions.”  Sorensen notes that his portrait of Kennedy as an honest, idealistic president devoted to the best values of this country stands in harsh contrast to American politics today, an arena filled with cynicism and mistrust.  As Kennedy’s wordsmith expresses it,  “The damage done to this country by its own misconduct in the last few months and years, to its very heart and soul, is far greater and longer lasting than any damage that any terrorist could possibly inflict upon us.”

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