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With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln Paperback – February 8, 2011
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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
Absolutely - will be looking for more nonfiction written by Mr. OatesPublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent and insightful view of Lincoln and his times. Brings who And what Lincoln is too the mosaic of American political lifePublished 7 days ago by k.leggett
Very readable. Honest. Shows Lincoln warts and all. The effect is that you come away admiring Lincoln all the more.Published 12 days ago by Kansas57
Since this is a re-election . year and candidates love to emulate talking about past presidents and I heard them referring to Lincoln I decided to read his biograph. Read morePublished 16 days ago by connie vanpelt
I really enjoyed this biography of Lincoln. It was rather lengthy but well worth the time. It delves into his life in ways I never got in school. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Don Barbee
A superbly written deeper look at many aspects of Lincoln's life...I've read a lot about him, but learned much more about his personal interactions with many friends, Cabinet... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bruce W. Ewing
A wonderful, if slightly superficial, biography of Americas greatest president.Published 1 month ago by Alexander M.
If you want a single volume to tell the tale of Lincoln, this is it. Human, noble, flawed, and wise, this backwoods boy became the man who saved a nation, and in the process freed... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark A. Wilson