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A. Lincoln: A Biography Paperback – May 4, 2010
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The author obviously possesses a wide-ranging and thorough knowledge of President Lincoln, his times and his presidency. As a biographical text about Abraham Lincoln, White's "A. Lincoln" provides great detail without sacrificing the larger picture.
Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals" is an excellent book about the history of and inner-workings of Lincoln and his cabinet - and I highly recommend her book. But White's "A. Lincoln" simply blows "Team of Rivals" out of the water in terms of being a well-focused yet richly detailed historical biography.
Here are a few things I didn't see mentioned in the editorial reviews praising this book: White liberally shares photographs, maps, illustrations, documents, even signatures of key characters. Unlike many history/biography books, these are not confined to a few glossy pages in the middle of the book, but appear frequently throughout the text, and really help give depth to the places, events, people, and times. This book includes an extensive notes section, the most thorough bibliography I've ever seen in a single-volume biography, and a 28-page index.
If you visit this book on randomhouse.com, you can find a link to Mr. White's personal web site. On his website, I found Mr. White's Speaking Dates calendar, which includes a visit here (Portland, Oregon) next week at the Oregon Historical Society. I will be there and I am looking forward to meeting and hearing from Mr. White.
The biography not only does an outstanding job of recounting all of the major events of Lincoln's life but does one of the best jobs I've ever seen of analyzing the logic of his speeches, letters, and public documents. This is no minor achievement. Lincoln is far and away the most analyzed figure in American history, in fact the most widely written about figure of the past two hundred years of any country (with the possible exception of Karl Marx).Read more ›
In this extremely well researched and superbly readable biography, Ronald White brings our 16th US President to life with clarity rarely seen among contemporary biographers. Beginning with a breakdown of the subjects family tree - a family tree, I may add, with branches that remained a mystery to Lincoln during his lifetime - through his congressional, senatorial and finally a remarkable presidential campaign. `Father Abraham' comes to life with vivid imagery of his time spent logically analyzing matters, which in retrospect, were monumental in our nations history. Lincoln's compassion, integrity and honesty shine through clearly in his relationships with cabinet members, old friends such as Joshua Speed and luminaries like Frederick Douglass. Mr. White does a splendid job demonstrating the near dazzling likeability this president possessed; rarely, if ever, did a political friend or foe find Lincoln anything but gracious, kind and magnanimous in most trying of times.
The second half of this book deals with Lincoln's presidency and devotes significant time to his prosecution of the Civil War. Family life takes somewhat of a backseat in the latter 250 or so pages as this time is spent with Lincoln formulating policy and self-educating on military strategy. However, family tragedies are examined and the effect these events had on the Lincoln family are discussed and analyzed.
`A. Lincoln' is an absolutely spellbinding read that I found near impossible to put down. It is as entertaining as it is educational, as comprehensive as it is compelling. Definitely pick it up and enjoy each and every page. Wonderful!
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Weighty book, but full of interesting facts. One of the most comprehensive bio's I've read on Lincoln.Published 1 hour ago by serf
Ron White's biography gives us the circumstances and experiences that shaped President Lincoln into one of the greatest presidents of all time. Mr. Read morePublished 4 days ago by raj
If you are interested in the subject, read this book. I have seen reviews saying it is too thick, too detailed, too boring. I couldn’t disagree more. It is a page-turner. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Jeff Kelleher
A fascinating read. Even though you may not be a history buff, the book can keep you captivated. Spoiler alert! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jack Teeple
Excellent book even though I have not finished it yetPublished 2 months ago by Garvin Joseph Demarais
I listened to and learned much from the Audible version of this biography. But I don't recall hearing much, if anything, about Lincoln's Christian faith. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Toni Mack
Like most books on Lincoln, this is mostly a glossed over puff piece. Lincoln was, in fact, one of America's worst tyrants, responsible for the bloodiest and most needless war in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Billy
I feel like I know the man after reading this book. It was exactly what I was looking for. He is the man against which all other presidents (or wanna-bees) can be measured.Published 5 months ago by Alice in MO