A. Lincoln: A Biography
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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
“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 believe that Ronald C. White knows his subject very well. But the fact that he didn't cover the flaws of Mary Lincoln or his 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 compare it to bo ...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
With White's background, a combination of historical and theological study, he emerges to me as one a few ...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
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
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
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
This was my first book on Lincoln; I knew very little of him previously. It was good to make his acquaintance. I am also glad I had Ronald White introduce me to him (although I didn’t like his writing style nearly as much as someone like McCullough). White is something of a Presbyterian minister somewhere in his past and although I have no idea if he has the new birth he does try to share more about Lincoln’s beliefs than others might. He also gives a bit of info on Lincoln’s pastor (w ...more
White showed Lincoln as acting consistently throughout his life:
• Lincoln looked at all sides of issues and White pointed out that he could argue an opposing side at least as effectively as someone who actually held that view.
• Lincoln was delibera ...more
When witness the great monument and seeing his words written on the marble, I heard a person ask a park ranger what speech is that (pointing to the Gettysburg address). It angered me to hear someone speak perfect English and with an American accent know it. But then I thought to myself, do I rea ...more