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“I went over to the British Museum library and read a number of Lincoln books; and the more I read, the more fascinated I became. Finally I caught on fire and I was determined to write a book about Lincoln myself. I knew that I had not the urge, temperament, training or ability necessary to produce a learned treatise for the benefit of scholars and historians. Besides, I believed there was little need for another book of that kind, for many excellent ones were already in existence. However, after reading many Lincoln volumes, I did think there was a genuine need for a short biography that would tell the most interesting facts about his career briefly and tersely for the average busy and hurried citizen of today. I have tried to write such a book.” – Dale Carnegie