Allen Barra, writing for The Daily Beast, lists “ten nonfiction works and one novel that will guide the novice through the halls of Lincoln lit.” This is an admirable challenge – given that it is estimated that there are over 15,000 books written about the 16th president. Here is the list. Read the full post for descriptions of the titles.

Abraham Lincoln by Lord Charnwood (1916)

Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Garry Wills (1993)

Lincoln by David Herbert Donald (1995)

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (2003) and Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief (2008) by James M. McPherson

Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President (2005) and Emancipating Lincoln—The Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory (2012) by Harold Holzer

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin (2006)

Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan (2008)

Lincoln and the World by Kevin Peraino (2013)

Lincoln by Gore Vidal (1984)