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With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln Paperback – Bargain Price, January 1, 1900
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“A superb biography” (Chicago Tribune )
“The standard one-volume biography of Lincoln” (Washington Post )
More About the Author
Oates was a consultant and "talking head" in Ken Burns's Civil War series on PBS, and is a recipient of the Nevins-Freeman Award of the Chicago Civil War Round Table for lifetime achievement in the field of Civil War studies. A teacher at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he is now writing the concluding book of the Voices of Storm trilogy, about the years of Reconstruction, 1865-1877.
Top Customer Reviews
There are some shortcomings, however. For example, Oates does not delve very deeply into Lincoln's strong antipathy towards his father, nor does he go into great depth as to his strong love of his stepmother. Likewise, he does not recognize Licoln's first love for what it was, as does Donald. Rather, he treats Ann Rutledge merely as a close friend.
Both Donald and Oates do a good job in showing Lincoln to be a master politician but, with more pages, Donald is able to more fully illustrate this. But, many people don't have the patience to read a legnthy tome. Although I think that Donald's biography is the single best one of Lincoln, for a work half of that legnth, this fine biography is five stars.
Oates shows us that Lincoln was a politician. He wheedled, compromised, and was carried by great events as often as he shaped them. This does nothing to take away from the man who, along with Washington, ranks as doubtless one of our two greatest presidents. While opposing slavery, Lincoln was ready to compromise with it, at least sometimes to some extent. Oates does a good job of explaining this in a non-revisionist way that shows respect to Lincoln and to history.
Oates' writing is clear, and his research thorough. This is not a perfect book in that it is not a complete view of Lincoln. No 400 or so page book about this complicated man could achieve that. On the other hand, Oates portrays Lincoln brilliantly, and with insight, as a gifted leader and politician in an incredibly difficult time.Read more ›
What happened is that the author chose to write a good book for the general reader while still trying to be highly authoritative. The book is well researched, drawing on the extensive amount of knowledge about Lincoln. At the back of the book he included footnotes to cite the research he used, but he only listed the page of his book where he used the material and not the specific paragraph. He did this to make his writing smoother and to write a good book for the general reader. So he did not steal anything. Unfortunately, this looseness with his citations resulted in mild charges of plagiarism.
The plagarism charges were totally refuted. The people making the charges seemed to be simply trying to make the papers. A panel of historians reviewd the plagerism charges and found them to be completely unsubstantiated.
The author is an expert on the era. His work is excellent. This is not a work of plagerism.
I felt that the author succeeds brilliantly in portraying Lincoln. On the one hand, the book is very authoritative and factual. On the other hand, it reads well. I highly recommend this book.
Lincoln grew up poor and distanced himself from his childhood. He became a very successful lawyer. He had his failures and successes. As president, he seemed to many as a dumb baboon. So many things went wrong. He was continuously frustrated that he early general would not fight. He had to juggle the wishes of the radical Republicans with those of the conservative Republicans. Then there were the abolitionists and the Democrats. In the end, his leadership was excellent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First rate read. Highly recommended for people who have a child's view of LincolnPublished 1 month ago by Carfino
Thank You for the Book. Berry Oates was a classmate of mine in Pampa,Texas and Montana State University in Missoula, Montana.The book was in excellent shape and had fast delivery. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Top notch book, if your only going to read a biography about only one president, this it the book and the president.Published 3 months ago by HombreViejo
Excellent! I learned so much about this great man that I was never taught in school. A long read, often dry, but worth the time.Published 5 months ago by Riverchick
I was very pleased with this biography of Abraham Lincoln. I have found Stephen Oates writing to be factual as well as entertaining.Published 9 months ago by Bruce East
I love anything I read about President Lincoln - this was excellent.Published 10 months ago by Suzyk