Lincoln's Better Angel
David Selby is best known as a television, stage and film actor, but he
is also a writer. Raised and educated in West Virginia and Illinois, and
residing in California, his writing touches the heart of the matter for
many cultures, and always with a measure of humor and perceptive
Lincoln’s Better Angel was inspired by an event the author read
about in the Washington Post. The story he creates reflects on
the personal impact of war and historical perspective.
walk with President Abraham Lincoln and Vietnam Veteran Charles Huggins
through Washington D.C., on a hot Fourth of July night, becomes a walk
through history. Layering time, grief, humor and fantasy, Selby presents
a story that is both moving and engaging.
“David Selby has presented a charming novel....Selby has Lincoln
speaking in a mix of noble sentiments and very common wisdom—a perfect
combination for the Great Emancipator. Lincoln is clearly a person we
wish we knew better, and in Selby’s work we come to know him as never
before.” — Michael P. Riccards, author, Ferocious Engine of
Democracy, a two-volume history of the presidency
“Lincoln’s Better Angel gives us a history lesson, and
Lincoln’s words and actions demonstrate how he changed our way of
thinking and made it possible for all of us to be the best that we can
be.” — Rafer Johnson, Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal Winner, author, and
“From its opening paragraph, Lincoln’s Better Angel is touching, and at
times astonishing. David Selby has created a living, breathing Lincoln,
true to historical roots, yet alive and relevant in today’s world. Any
student of American history will be dazzled by Selby’s interpretation of
Lincoln and his plausible reactions to contemporary events. With every
page, you tumble further into this amazing world, and meet a charming,
wise and surprising ghost of Lincoln.” — Bob Rogers, BRC Imagination
Arts, Executive Producer of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
“David L. Selby has brought the ghost of Lincoln back to Washington D.C.
where he appears to a Vietnam veteran assigned to the Lincoln Memorial.
They discuss the past and the present in a very imaginative and
philosophical dialogue. A most entertaining read.” — Wayne C. Temple,
historian and author of Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic to Prophet
and other works, and Chief Deputy Director, Illinois State Archive
David was interviewed by
Virginia Public radio about Lincoln's Better Angel.
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