It was very easy to read, comprehensive, and never lagged.
Lincoln had acted in order to keep on good terms with the border states whose support he deemed necessary to a successful war effort.
Oakes gives us a quick glance at his hypothesis within the subtitle of his book: the triumph of antislavery politics.
I was required to read this book for my history class. At first I did not want to like every other college student. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zmc12
I'm not a history buff! As a matter of fact, my grades were terrible in school, so when this was picked as the selection for our book club, I wasn't very excited at all. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jeremy
I was always aware that Lincoln publicly claimed not to care much about slavery. He once said that in order to keep the Union together, he would abolish slavery if it would do the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chris LaFey
This is a good book to get if you are interested in the political side of Lincoln's presidency, but want something that reads more like a novel. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nikki
Very interesting, it goes along with an other text that I'm reading so it is a good complement ( a people's history of the unites states) ...Published 17 months ago by Natan Martinez
Oakes' book lucidly describes the tumultuous events leading to the Civil War, and the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bodhi Gaia
when you read a book like this and think back to Slavery and look at the history of America and these two men and then you know right off the bat that if roles were reversed... Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by mistermaxxx08
This is a very fine biographical history by Professor of History, James Oakes. For the student of American slavery, race relations, and the history of African American... Read morePublished on July 7, 2010 by John F. Fannin
Lincoln versus Douglas often conjures the legendary rivalry of our 16th president and his opponent for public office and fellow Illinoisan, Stephen Douglas. Read morePublished on March 20, 2010 by Richard Stowell