A. Lincoln: A Biography
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
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Everyone wants to define the man who signed his name “A. Lincoln.” In his lifetime and ever since, friend an...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
He writes a very respectful, honest, and complete record. President Lincoln also rose from humble beginnings to take his place in history. He loved literature and writing and grew to become, arguably, the best writer and orator of all the American Presidents. He led his nation through great tumult and was the fiber t...more
I changed my mind last summer when I had the opportunity to visit the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Il...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
However, Ronald C. White's A. Lincoln was a fascinating read, that really brought Lincoln and his time to life for me. In his book, White focuses on Lincoln's words (of which there are many) to understand a complex man who dealt with a complex problem. White strikes an excellent balance; he lets Lincoln speak for himself, b...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
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
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 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
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
I also really like White's analysis of Lincoln's communication: the intense work that went into every sentence of a proclamation or a speech, Lincoln's appreciation of rhetorical devices and his empathy for readers and listeners, and his expectation that people generations later would read his word...more