David Herbert Donald

David Herbert Donald

Synopsis

David Herbert Donald (1920 - 2009) was a distinguished historian, longtime chair of the graduate program in American history at Harvard, and a leading authority on the Civil War era and the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Donald's first book, published in 1948, was a study of Lincoln's controversial law partner, William Herndon. In the 1950s, Donald emerged as a leading authority on the Civil War era. After teaching at Columbia and Princeton, he held an endowed chair at Harvard University, where he headed the graduate program in American history. He won two Pulitzer Prizes, for his biographies of the abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner and the 20th century Southern novelist Thomas Wolfe. In 1995, he published his crowning accomplishment, Lincoln, an intimate biography of the president who saved the Union. In Donald's gripping, novelistic account, Lincoln emerges from the mists of legend, as a living, breathing human being -- complex, subtle, and burning with ambition. The Lincoln revealed in Donald's pages is a far more human but no less admirable figure than readers had met before. The book won universal acclaim and has become the Lincoln biography against which all others are measured.

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Episodes

  • David Herbert Donald 2000 Symposium (Audio)
    David Herbert Donald 2000 Symposium (Audio)
    Duration: 15min | 28/10/2000

    In this audio podcast, recorded at the International Achievement Summit in London on the eve of the 2000 United States presidential election, Professor Donald discusses the qualities he believes the public should look for in a presidential candidate.

  • David Herbert Donald 1997 Symposium (Audio)
    David Herbert Donald 1997 Symposium (Audio)
    Duration: 08min | 20/05/1997

    In this audio podcast, recorded at the Academy of Achievement's 1997 Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, Professor Donald discusses the rewards of historical research, with examples from his studies of President Lincoln.

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