Review: ‘A Self-Made Man’ a fine new biography of Lincoln, emphasizing early influences that shaped him BY DON H. DOYLE Special to The Post and Courier Sunday, July 3, 2016 12:01 a.m. A SELF-MADE MAN: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849. By Sidney Blumenthal. Simon and Schuster. 576 pages. $35.