As the birthday of Abraham Lincoln nears on February 12, interest in him rises. A number of books have appeared in recent years that examine every aspect of his private life, from mental health to sexual preference.
The current issue of Slate magazine reviews two books that will be of more lasting value and deserve to be part of anyone's collection who admires Lincoln and early Illinois history.
They are Richard Carwardine, Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power and Allen Guelzo, Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President. Both are studies of Lincoln's religious thought, showing that he evolved considerably in his beliefs during the Civil War.
Good Web Sites: the Lincoln Log, a daily chronology of his life, and Lincoln Net, a large collection on antebellum Illinois.