Lincoln the Man
By Jared Bowen
Less myth and monument, the Lincoln portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis is a tall, sensitive figure with a high-pitched voice. He’s not above churning the politically charged waters of Washington for ideological gain, all the while contending with his complicated family.
This Lincoln is based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s 2005 book Team of Rivals—which also brought the Lincoln administration’s machinations and maneuvers to a palpable level. They are works that exalt Lincoln, but from the flesh and not carefully sculpted stone.
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About the AuthorJared Bowen
Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts.
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