An essential book for any student of Lincoln and American history, Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths is acclaimed Lincoln biographer Stephen B. Oates's unique exploration of America's sixteenth president in reality and memory. In this multifaceted portrait, Oates, "the most popular historical interpreter of Lincoln" (Gabor S. Boritt, New York Times Book Review), exposes the human side of the great and tragic president—including his depression, his difficulties with love, and his troubled and troubling attitudes about slavery—while also confronting the many legends that have arisen around "Honest Abe." Oates throughout raises timely questions about what the Lincoln mythos reveals about the American people.
I had bought this after I saw the movie and really enjoyed it.
It did; however, it was sometimes confusing as the author switched from one to the other quickly, leaving me confused at times and going back for a re-read.
This is very well written and has managed to hold my attention better than some historical books.
What an astonishingly great book this is. Every word of it is absolutely fascinating, from beginning to end. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. Blum
Company and shipping were awesome, book is boring! I love abe and have read many books on him, this one... not so muchPublished 13 months ago by Sarah
July 19, 2013
A Review by Anthony T. Riggio of Stephen B. Oates, Abraham Lincoln, The Man Behind the Myths. Read more
This book was as described and shipped quickly. As it was for a school project not so sure it was the greatest book ever but it was a good book and in great shape. - Thank you!Published 14 months ago by Heidi Nolen
Sadly this is the first book about Lincoln that I did not like. It jumps to another area before completing one. It is poorly written. Read morePublished 15 months ago by L
one of my favorite people in history. book takes off a little slow and dull but becomes more interesting as you move along. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like to study the former Presidents of the US. This book was very interesting and well presented. Gave some new ways to think of what made the man what he was. Very good.Published 17 months ago by Carol King
I'd give this 5 stars if it weren't for the mediocre eBook implementation of a great book.
The back-matter includes "References", which are actually endnotes for sources not... Read more
The book was a disappointing. There was no organization or flow to the book. It was just a compilatiion of what seemed like random thoughts based on bits and pieces the author... Read morePublished 18 months ago by old man with a view