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It is impressive to see people flock to the movie theater—as they're now doing—to see a two and a half-hour Civil War film that, instead of the battleground, focuses on the backroom politics of pushing the Thirteenth Amendment through. Not your typical box-office dynamite. But the success of Steven Spielberg's austere and challenging Lincoln testifies to a powerful public appetite to learn more about this remarkable chapter in our history and the man who stood at the center of it.

In addition to our numerous books on the Civil War—including Civil War Petersburg, a look at the war-torn Virginia city featured in Speilberg's film—those wishing to learn more might turn next to our four-volume set of Abraham Lincoln's papers, concentrating on his life before the presidency. Part of an ambitious undertaking to collect and publish the surviving documentary record of Lincoln’s life, The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases addresses his quarter-century law career. You may read more about this edition here.

This four-volume set, which list for $300.00, is available now at a special 25% discount. To receive this discount, please order via email at or call toll-free 1-800-831-3406 and use the discount code LINS when ordering. You must use the code to receive the discount. This offer is good though December 31, 2012.

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