- We are Lincoln Men: Abraham Lincoln and His Friends (2003)
- The Civil War and Reconstruction (with Jean Harvey Baker) (2000)
- Lincoln at Home: Two Glimpses of Abraham Lincoln’s Family Life (1999)
- Lincoln (1995)
- Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe (1987) Pulitzer Prize
- Charles Sumner and the Rights of Man (1970)
- Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War (1961) Pulitzer Prize
- Why the North Won the Civil War (1960)
- Lincoln Reconsidered: Essays on the Civil War Era (1956)
Historian David Herbert Donald was born in 1920 in Goodman, Mississippi. He attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history and sociology. He attended the University of Illionois where he earned a master’s degree in 1942 and a PhD in 1946.
Donald taught at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins, Harvard University, Smith College, the University of North Wales, Princeton, University College of London and Oxford University.
He was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize: once in 1961 for Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War and in 1988 for Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe. This historian is an expert on Abraham Lincoln and his biography of Lincoln is listed as the top of the many available. Donald died in 2009.
- Obituary provides excellent biography : David Herbert Donald, Writer on Lincoln, dies at 88. by William Grimes, 2009. The New York Times