[12 Days of Giveaways] On the Tenth Day of Christmas:

It’s the tenth day of our new, annual [12 Days of Giveaways]- your chance to win some of our best books! All you have to do is leave a comment here on the blog, or re-tweet our [12 Days of Giveaways] message on Twitter and you’re automatically entered to win. If you comment or re-tweet everyday, you’ll be entered to win our 13th day GRAND PRIZE of all 12 books, worth $300!

Today’s prize:

Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated with Our Greatest President

In the more than 140 years since his death, Abraham Lincoln has become America’s most revered president. The mythmaking about this self-made man began early, some of it starting during his campaign for the presidency in 1860. As an American icon, Lincoln has been the subject of speculation and inquiry as authors and researchers have examined every aspect— personal and professional —of the president’s life. In Lincoln Legends, noted historian and Lincoln expert Edward Steers Jr. carefully scrutinizes some of the most notorious tall tales and distorted ideas about America’s sixteenth president.

These inaccuracies and speculations about Lincoln’s personal and professional life abound. Did he write his greatest speech on the back of an envelope on the way to Gettysburg? Did Lincoln appear before a congressional committee to defend his wife against charges of treason? Was he an illegitimate child? Did Lincoln have romantic encounters with women other than his wife? Did he have love affairs with men? What really happened in the weeks leading up to April 14, 1865, and in the aftermath of Lincoln’s tragic assassination? Lincoln Legends evaluates the evidence on all sides of the many heated debates about the Great Emancipator.

Not only does Steers weigh the merits of all relevant arguments and interpretations, but he also traces the often fascinating evolution of flawed theories about Lincoln and uncovers the motivations of the individuals—occasionally sincere but more often cynical, self-serving, and nefarious—who are responsible for their dispersal. Based on extensive primary research, the conclusions in Lincoln Legends will settle many of the enduring questions and persistent myths about Lincoln’s life once and for all. Steers leaves us with a clearer image of Abraham Lincoln as a man, as an exceptionally effective president, and as a deserving recipient of the nation’s admiration.

“Through meticulous research, Steers eventually uncovers a larger irony: Lincoln, whom he calls “a passionate advocate for truth,” will forever be shrouded in legend.”–New York Post

Comment here, or re-tweet our [12 Days of Giveaways] message for your chance to win!

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Stay tuned each day to win 12 great books!

  1. How Kentucky Became Southern: A Tale of Outlaws, Horse Thieves, Gamblers, and Breeders
  2. The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook
  3. Kentucky’s Natural Heritage: An Illustrated Guide to Biodiversity
  4. A Kentucky Christmas
  5. Kentucky Horse Country: Images of the Bluegrass
  6. The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book
  7. Out of Kentucky Kitchens
  8. A is for Appalachia!: The Alphabet Book of Appalachian Heritage
  9. Spookiest Stories Ever: Four Seasons of Kentucky Ghosts
  10. Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated with our Greatest President
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  13. GRAND PRIZE WINNER
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