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A. Lincoln: A Biography Paperback – May 4, 2010
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Starred Review. In this excellent biography, veteran historian White emphasizes that Lincoln was our most likable major president, lacking Washington's aloofness and the deviousness of FDR and Jefferson. Many young men from the frontier overcame the handicaps of poverty and minimal education, but, White says, Lincoln did better than most, becoming floor leader in the Illinois legislature by age 30 and a prosperous lawyer. Contrary to the common view that Lincoln was a dark-horse for the 1860 presidential nomination after a single, undistinguished term in the House of Representatives, White stresses that Lincoln was an experienced politician, popular throughout Illinois, and known to national leaders. Few Republicans thought they had chosen badly. The author makes good use of Lincoln's voluminous private papers and those of his contemporaries to paint a vivid picture of Lincoln's thoughts as he matured and then guided the nation through the four worst years of its existence. White knows his subject cold and writes lucid prose, so readers choosing this as their Lincoln bicentennial reading will not go wrong. Illus., maps, photos.
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From Bookmarks Magazine
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 Lincoln Legal Papers and plenty of other new material, stakes his turf. His weighty, yet readable, tome compares favorably to the popular histories of Doris Kearns Goodwin (Team of Rivals) and David McCullough (John Adams, Truman, The Great Bridge), making A. Lincoln a fine and useful addition to the growing canon of Lincolniana.Copyright 2009 Bookmarks Publishing LLC --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There are some strong features in this book--the character sketch of Lincoln is pretty compelling; his family background is laid out in more detail than in some other works on him that I have read; his development in Illinois is portrayed nicely; his tour as President is, finally, well detailed; the book covers his major speeches and letters in good depth, allowing his words to speak for themselves. Of course, many of the stories are already well known from other biographies.
The book begins with Lincoln's early life and his understanding of his family history (which did not go back very far). It is ironic that he was somewhat dismissive of his heritage, when--if he had known of more distant relatives in history--he had some forebears who had achieved some repute. The somewhat strained relationship with his father comes through, as well as his affection for his mother and stepmother. The story of the family's move from Kentucky to Indiana and, finally, to Illinois unfolds smoothly.
In Illinois, we see his growth and development from his years in New Salem to his move to Springfield. We see his passion for politics, his efforts to better himself, his development as an attorney.
Some of the high points. . . . His rise from a defeated candidate for the Senate in a campaign against Stephen Douglass to his ascent as a national politician (even though losing the election against Douglass, he gained wider visibility). His speaking tour of the East marked him as a player in the early Republican Party. The way he placed himself as the fallback candidate in the Republication Convention of 1860 is well told.
Then, the war years and all that went with that. His relations with political figures, private citizens such as Frederick Douglass, his generals, and so on.
The book moves along crisply and is a good read. People who are interested in Lincoln, I think, will find this a good volume to take a look at.
I don't usually read biographies but this was spectacular!
Lincoln, of course, had his detractors. Just as today, nothing he did or said could please some people. It was interesting that the Chicago Tribune lambasted Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, calling it foolish and petty. We have the same kind of media today, totally incapable of stepping back and analyzing an action on its merits, rather than simply attaching because they don't like the current president. Probably the thing that struck me most about Lincoln in reading this biography was the thought process he put into the role of God in the Civil War. He came to believe that God was working through the war and achieving His ends. Lincoln came to believe that the suffering of the nation was an expiation for its sins in countenancing the legitimacy of slavery. At the end of his life, he was just turning his attention to reconstruction - with malice toward none and charity for all. I believe our world would have been much different and better had we had this great man's leadership through the difficult immediate post-war era. I thoroughly enjoyed this very readable book and highly recommend it.
I wish everyone in public office would read this book. Our politicians could certainly benefit from a better understanding of Lincoln's wisdom, temperance, kindness, compassion, humility, and his earnest desire to be guided from Above. I understand better now what an amazing accomplishment it was to abolish slavery and keep the Union intact