Some authors that wrote biographies of Abraham Lincoln include Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Herbert Donald, author of "Lincoln"; Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln"; and Ronald C. White Jr., author of "A. Lincoln: A Biography." Others are Garry Wills and Harold Holzer.
One of the best-rated single-volume biographies of Lincoln is David Herbert Donald's "Lincoln." Donald was an American historian specialized in the period of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The book is a good introduction to Lincoln, telling the story of his ascent to the presidency in a flowing, easy-to-follow manner.
"Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin provides an introduction to Lincoln's political genius as well as comprehensive information on his political competitors and members of staff. Ronald C. White Jr.'s "A. Lincoln: A Biography" is another good introduction to Lincoln for both students and the general public.
Other Lincoln biographies are "Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President" by Harold Holzer, "Lincoln and the World" by Kevin Peraino, and "Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer" by Fred Kaplan. Those interested in a fictional biography of Lincoln can try "Lincoln" by Gore Vidal, which presents the life of the American president in the form of a novel.