A. Lincoln: A Biography
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post•The Philadelphia Inquirer •The Christian Science Monitor • St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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WINNER OF THE CHRISTOPHER AWARD
Everyone wants to define the man who signed his name “A. Lincoln.” In his lifetime and ever since, friend an...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
I changed my mind last summer when I had the opportunity to visit the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Il...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
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
History can often make for dry reading. That's not the fault of the history or the people who made it; it's the fault of the authors who write about it. But White has writ...more
First, and this is apparently just part of the biography genre, there were a lot of "he must have been feeling/thinking about/wondering/whatever." Bleh. I have no use for what people must have or might ha...more
I rated this book not on how entertaining or how fun it was to read...frankly it was not really either of those...but I rated it on the life that it detailed. I have always believed that Abraham Lincoln was special, but not until I read this story did I really know. Wow. Lincoln accomplished so much for our country, and not just african americans, but for all of us. He took office as president in what has to have been the most char...more
Toward the end of the book, White spends a lot of time examining the phrases of many of Lincoln's famous speeches. While interesting, it makes the last 1/3 of the book feel like an entirely different kind of book, breaking away from the examination of L...more