I was saddened this morning to read of David Herbert Donald's death at age 88.
I first encountered Donald's work 25 years ago as a student, in the form of his edited collection Why the North Won the Civil War . As a professor, I've taught his Lincoln biography. This semester, for an undergraduate course on "Abraham Lincoln in History and Memory," I used his Lincoln Reconsidered. The first edition of that book appeared more than 50 years ago, and it wears its age extremely well. Despite the flood of Lincoln scholarship over the past half century (and the mini-tsunami in this bicentennial year), Donald's insights remain vital and provocative, and his prose sparkles and delights in a way that few historians can match.