Books That Influenced Abraham Lincoln | The Art of Manliness

While many of America’s presidents came from prominent, educated homes, one of our most famous — Abraham Lincoln — did not. So he became consummate autodidact.

Source: Books That Influenced Abraham Lincoln | The Art of Manliness

ALincoln-1It has been sometime since we last brought your attention to this fascinating series from “The Art of Manliness.” So on this Thursday morning we point you to the latest installment – on the reading habits and library of Abraham Lincoln.

Below are the opening paragraphs of the article; for the rest, visit the AOM link above.

Welcome back to our series on the libraries of great men. The eminent men of history were often voracious readers and their own philosophy represents a distillation of all the great works they fed into their minds. This series seeks to trace the stream of their thinking back to the source. For, as David Leach, a now retired business executive put it: “Don’t follow your mentors; follow your mentors’ mentors.”

While many of America’s presidents came from prominent, educated homes, one of our most famous — Abraham Lincoln — did not. Growing up in the backwoods of Kentucky and then Indiana, Lincoln rarely enjoyed the privilege of full-time schooling. His formal education, in his own words, came “by littles,” “did not amount to one year,” and was thoroughly “defective.”

And yet Honest Abe rose in society to become a shop owner, lawyer, and of course, President of the United States. How did he do this without much in the way of formal education?

He taught himself, becoming the consummate autodidact.

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