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Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America by Andrew Ferguson
Abraham Lincoln is generally thought of being one of the greatest Americans since the country was founded. Yet he was such a complex man that he was, and has become, many things to many people. In Land of Lincoln, author Andrew Ferguson tours the parts of the country that not just revered him, but they've profited from the version of Lincoln they wish to portray. It's a lighthearted look at Lincoln tourist sites, Lincoln memorabilia (including known fake memorabilia), and Lincoln impersonators. It all leads to the Lincoln Memorial, but along the way, Andrew Ferguson shows us a lot about the famous man and the country he served. Land of Lincoln has received positive reviews with the New York Times saying, "Land of Lincoln turns out to be a big place: bigger than Illinois, bigger even than the United States, stranger than anyone would have thought. Ferguson maps it expertly, with an understated Midwestern sense of humor that Lincoln, master of the funny story, would have been the first to appreciate."