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South Bound Lecture Series

John Cribb

Tues., Feb. 9, 2021

6:00 PM


The event is free, but donations are suggested. 

Author of Old Abe, a novel about Abraham Lincoln.

About the Book 

Old Abe is the story of the last five years of Abraham Lincoln’s life, the most cataclysmic years in American history. We are at Lincoln’s side on every page as he presses forward amid disaster and fights to save the country.

Beginning in the spring of 1860, the story follows Lincoln through his election and the calamity of the Civil War. During the war, he walks bloody battlefields in the North and the South. He peers down the Potomac River with a spyglass amid terrifying reports of approaching Confederate gunboats. 

At the White House, he weeps over the body of Willie, his second son to die in childhood. As he tries desperately to hold the Union together, he struggles to find meaning in the Civil War and bring freedom to Southern slaves.

Central to this biographical novel is a love story—the story of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln’s sometimes stormy yet devoted marriage. Mary’s strong will and ambition for her husband have helped drive him to the White House. But the presidency takes an awful toll on her. Lincoln watches helplessly as she becomes emotionally unstable, and he grasps for ways to support her.

As Lincoln’s journey unfolds, Old Abe chronicles the final five, tumultuous years of his life until his eventual assassination at the height of power. Full of epic scenes from American history, it probes the character and spirit of America.

About the Author

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"This is the best book on Lincoln I have ever read." - William J. Bennett

Old Abe, the sweeping historical novel from New York Times bestselling author John Cribb, brings America’s greatest president to life the way no other book has before.  John Cribb is a bestselling author who has written about subjects ranging from history to education. His work includes co-authoring The American Patriot's Almanac and The Educated Child, both New York Times bestsellers; co-editing The Human Odyssey, a 3-volume world history text, and developing online history courses. His writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, National Review Online, The Hill, Real Clear Politics, and several other publications. Old Abe is John's first novel. Learn more at