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Everyone wants to define the man who signed his name “A. Lincoln.” In his lifetime and ever since, friend and foe have taken it upon themselves to characterize Lincoln a ...more
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“A. Lincoln: A Biography” is Ronald White, Jr.‘s 2009 biography of Abraham Lincoln. White is the author of seven other books including two previous books on Lincoln. He is a graduate of UCLA and Princeton Theological Seminary and is a Visiting Professor of History at UCLA. He is currently working on a biography of Ulysses S. Grant, to be published in early 2015.
There is certainly no shortage of biographies of Abraham Lincoln. So it is high praise that Whit ...more
I changed my mind last summer when I had the opportunity to visit the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Il ...more
I don't know why this got recommended so highly. In fact, I don't know why White wrote this book at all, since it adds almost nothing to Lincoln scholarship. It was just astonishing to see entire topics go unmentioned in this 600+ page doorstop--a book that was billed as *the* authoritative Lincoln of our time.
Interested in the debate over Lincoln's depression? How about his marriage, or his (hetero/a/homo-)sexuality? Or perhaps his management of foreign policy and Reconstruction during the ...more
The book is just excellent. The author takes you through Lincoln's life, his evolution as a man, a politician, public servant and with special interest to me and my play . . . his evolution spiritually.
The author also covers Lincoln's use of the language, the words he used, the sources of those words (many from the Bible)and his intellectual honesty and growth.
If you are a Linco ...more
With White's background, a combination of historical and theological study, he emerges to me as one a few ...more
Broad to a fault-- indeed, it's breadth is it's biggest failing-- "A. Lincoln" purports to reveal the man behind that signature.
The set pieces are all here: here is Lincoln the industrious youth, here is Lincoln the self-made railsplitter, here is Lincoln the talented young attorney, and most of all, here is Lincoln the shrewd and able politician. All these roles have been accounted to Lincoln i ...more
It details the life of Abraham Lincoln from birth to death, focusing almost exclusively on what Lincoln thought and did, not much space is given to contemporaries. When there is a quote from an political opponent or from a newspaper, it's about Lincoln. In a way, that's good - I can't remember more than five names at once, anyway.
It's a relatively thick, very detailed book, but it's never truly dry and boring - rather, the myriads of quote ...more
This bio on Lincoln assumed you knew the major historical points of the civil war, which I do not. It mentioned historical events with a one sentence e ...more
I believe that Ronald C. White knows his subject very well. But the fact that he didn't cover the flaws of Mary Lincoln or Abraham Lincoln's supposed homosexuality was a bit nuts, especially as I felt there was build-up in the beginning of the book to righting the misconceptions about Lincoln. This was my first Lincoln biography, so I can't co ...more
If you want to learn the art of persuasion, study this book as it expounds on Lincoln's powerful use of the podium. For example:
• Lincoln’s eloquence stemmed from legal knowledge and ...more
Having already written two books on Abraham Lincoln, Ronald C. White, Jr., understands better than most the challenges in bringing a fresh perspective to the most scrutinized president in American history. With 16,000 books, and counting, on Lincoln (as well as several dozen more in the period before the bicentennial celebration of his birth), the ground that remains to be covered is disappearing before scholars' eyes. But White, who draws on his own thorough research of the recently available L...more
But I was enthralled by it. Initially I thought I was taken in by the audio version (read by Bill Weideman) as I felt I was listening ...more