cover image Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History

Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History

Richard Wightman Fox, read by Pete Larkin. HighBridge Audio, unabridged, 10 CDs, 13 hrs., $39.99 ISBN 978-1-62231-640-3

Larkin delivers this unusual, finely crafted study of the 16th president of the United States with a clear, well-modulated voice that will engage listeners. The book argues that the great liberator’s awkwardly lanky body, homely countenance, and affable demeanor played a prominent role in making him a man of the people. With keen insight and a smooth, uncomplicated writing style, Fox explores Lincoln’s legacy and how his visage and ideas have been remembered, morphed, interpreted, and reinterpreted over the generations since his assassination. Larkin’s even, never-rushed narration easily translates this fascinating historical study into the audio format. Though the material is complex and packed with information, Larkin’s narration and the author’s writing make for a rewarding, pleasurable listening experience. Lincoln buffs or not, readers will find this audiobook is a compelling and illuminating look at one of the most influential figures in American history. A Norton hardcover. (Feb.)