Book cover of And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle  by Jon Meachamby Jon Meacham

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer Jon Meacham chronicles the life of Abraham Lincoln, charting how—and why—he confronted secession, threats to democracy, and the tragedy of slavery to expand the possibilities of America.

“In his captivating new book, Jon Meacham has given us the Lincoln for our time.”—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Christian Science Monitor, Kirkus Reviews

A president who governed a divided country has much to teach us in a twenty-first-century moment of polarization and political crisis. Hated and hailed, excoriated and revered, Abraham Lincoln was at the pinnacle of American power when implacable secessionists gave no quarter in a clash of visions bound up with money, race, identity, and faith. In him we can see the possibilities of the presidency as well as its limitations.

Interview with the Author

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Jon Meacham on ‘And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle’
11/7/22        87 min

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Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, with Clint Smith
11/21/22          77 min

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And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle
1/16/23            33 min

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Jon Meacham Rewrites Abraham Lincoln’s Story
10/27/22            43 min

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Jon Meacham: “And There Was Light”
10/24/2            20 min

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