By Thomas Keneally
The suitable concise biography of an American icon- now on hand in paperback for the bicentennial of his birth
The self -mad e guy from a log cabin, the good orator, the Emancipator, the Savior of the Union, the martyr-Lincoln's tale is on the very center of yankee background. yet who used to be he, relatively? during this impressive biography, award-winning writer Thomas Keneally follows Lincoln from his impoverished delivery via his schooling and presidency. From the advance of his political philosophy to his kin existence and his activities in the course of the Civil struggle, Abraham Lincoln is an incisive examine of a turning aspect in our heritage and a revealing portrait of a pivotal figure.
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When you’re a fan and you really love somebody and think they’re cool, you just want to walk in their shadow. I’m sitting with my boys after the set, talking and watching. At the Showboat, there were stairs going upstairs, past the bar, and Miles was sitting by himself on the steps. It just built up to the point where I couldn’t help myself. I went up the stairs and sat right near him, just me and Miles. Me and Miles sitting on the steps—yeah. He didn’t leave, he didn’t do anything. I mean I’ve come this far, but I don’t know what to do.
We’d drink this German beer—Griesedieck. People had other ways of expressing the name which you can imagine. I knew that Buch was a good trumpet teacher and had a heck of a reputation over in East St. Louis as a good educator. Finally Buch got me to come over to East St. Louis, to Lincoln High School and meet this little skinny cat. He was skinny enough to ride a rooster, and if he’d have stood sideways, they’d have marked by W T he mere fact that St. Louis is on the Mississippi River and these boats came up from New Orleans, it became a very integral part of jazz.
Over the next two weeks, he was introduced to his future. “After I had heard and played with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie . . Art Blakey, Sarah Vaughan, and Mr. B himself, I knew I had to be in New York, where the action was,” Miles later wrote. “I left East St. Louis for New York in early fall 1944. I had to pass my audition to get into Juilliard, and I passed it with flying colors. . Dizzy and Bird had told me to look them up if I ever came to the big Apple. I knew I had learned all I could from playing around St.
Abraham Lincoln: A Life by Thomas Keneally