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A. Lincoln: A Biography | [Ronald C. White, Jr.]

A. Lincoln: A Biography

In this important new biography, Ronald C. White, Jr. offers a fresh and fascinating definition of Lincoln as a man of integrity - what today's commentators are calling "authenticity" - whose internal moral compass is the key to understanding his life. Through meticulous research, utilizing recently discovered Lincoln letters, legal papers, and photographs, White depicts Lincoln as a person of intellectual curiosity, comfortable with ambiguity, and capable of changing his mind.
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In this important new biography, Ronald C. White, Jr. offers a fresh and fascinating definition of Lincoln as a man of integrity - what today's commentators are calling "authenticity" - whose internal moral compass is the key to understanding his life. Through meticulous research, utilizing recently discovered Lincoln letters, legal papers, and photographs, White depicts Lincoln as a person of intellectual curiosity, comfortable with ambiguity, and capable of changing his mind.

The reader is treated to an exploration of Lincoln's compelling words, his changing ideas on slavery, the shaping of the modern role of Commander-in-Chief, and his surprising religious odyssey.

A. Lincoln, so titled for the way Lincoln signed his name, sheds an innovative and profound light on our nation's most beloved leader for a new generation of Americans.

©2009 Ronald C. White, Jr.; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Ronald C. White's A. Lincoln is the best biography of Lincoln since David Donald's Lincoln (1995)... Amid all the books on Lincoln that will be published during the coming year, this one will stand out as one of the best." (James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

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    Dielle 04-26-10
    Dielle 04-26-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointed in lack of depth"

    I was hoping for a historical novel more along the lines of the Last Lion biography of Winston Churchill. But this was more like a children's history lesson. There was very little analysis or tying cause and events together. Just a listing of relative unrelated occurances. I listened up to when he ran for president and was very disappointed on the lack of insight as to how a relative unknown, unpopular man came to be elected as such a pivotal time. Very little analysis of how torn the country was at the time of the election. My son's Jr. High history book had more depth.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    History Buff Maryland 04-08-14
    History Buff Maryland 04-08-14 Member Since 2012

    Grace

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    "With Malice Toward None"

    How many of us can even pretend to live by this sentiment? How many politicians? In this day of virulent political bashing--even from the pulpit, how many clergy, even, can say this? So the story of this man, this ordinary, honest, rail-splitting, Father Abraham, alone rates five stars.

    I down rate the narration simply because I feel the narrator attempted, but did not carry-off, the Hoosier twang or the Illionois accent: Lincoln must have had some combination of these (even Kentucky). But other than that, I thought the narrator, Bill Weideman, did a good job. I did not hear him breathe, nor did he swallow excessively...two of my real complaints too often.

    Overall, I suppose, biographies have a need for repetition of the same or similar material in various sections due to then nature of the uses that students will put the volume through. If I could, I would deduct half a star here, but that is an Amazon feature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte A. Hu San Antonio, TX, United States 05-20-13
    Charlotte A. Hu San Antonio, TX, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2012

    Former Marine 4321, former State Department public diplomacy officer. Current USAF Public Affairs Specialist

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    "Future Unsure, Truly Human Lincoln Made Many Errs"

    It's odd that when I look back, it seems the end of slavery was inevitable and that Lincoln was always a solid, steady embodiment of leadership.

    Reading this book, struggling step by step with Lincoln as he makes mistakes, feels regret and anxiety, as he watches failure after failure on the battlefield, history seems very different.

    Lincoln has also always felt too far from me in time and space, but this book makes me feel like I'm walking with him, talking with him, seeing him as an ordinary person, and feeling the pains of his failures and frustrations.

    This book is so vivid and clear, so detailed and expressive. I forget I'm listening to a "educational" audiobook, because the storytelling nature of the narration is so fluid.

    This is just a wonderful book - great literary quality as well as bringing history to the listener/reader. Great work.

    This book was well-read and well-produced. The ideas flowed seamless into my mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Mesquite, TX, United States 08-21-12
    Amazon Customer Mesquite, TX, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Extremely thorough without being boring!"
    Would you listen to A. Lincoln again? Why?

    I doubt I would listen to the book again but ONLY because it is so long. The story is very well told and Mr. Weideman's voice is very suited for this narrative.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A. Lincoln?

    Feeling the personal pressures and heartaches being brought to life that Mr. Lincoln suffered through both personally and politically/professionally. We know details of his Presidency, but to add in the personal side of what he went through was very eye-opening.


    What does Bill Weideman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tone and emotion. The emotion put into Mr. Lincoln's thoughts and comments truly bring Lincoln to life in a way that self-reading the book would not have done.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of the Lincoln's son and then so shortly afterward a dearly loved family friend was touching in a deeply almost invasive-to-their-lives feeling way. It was both perfectly written and read.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Civil War history or the life of Abraham Lincoln. The details given about those close to or involved with Lincoln either personally or professionally could bog the story down but they don't. They enhance and fill out this biography into a full-bodied story of not only a great leader but of a man with deep emotions and well thought out actions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gunnar Benckert 03-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Too much into details"

    Somehow I have found that I particularly enjoy listening to biographies. Up to now I have listened to books about Einstein, Steve Jobs, Robert Oppenheimer and Ivar Kruger. I really expected a lot from this biography and I wanted to like it and enjoy it. But it skipped over the years up to Lincoln's run for the senate and then went into a very detailed account of a series of debates and analyzed the speeches almost word for word. I am sorry to say that I gave up after having listened to the first half of the second part (there are four parts to this audiobook) so I did not even finish half the the entire book. I am not really sure whether I ought to write a review on a book I haven't finished, but I reckoned it is OK because I have a strong view on it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Glenwood, IA, United States 07-19-11
    Doug Glenwood, IA, United States 07-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good!"

    A helpful retelling of the important forces and events in Lincoln's life. Artfully portrays Lincoln's true genius as a leader--more so that other biographers. A good reading, also. Thank you!

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    steamer.ssf Baytown, TX, United States 04-24-10
    steamer.ssf Baytown, TX, United States 04-24-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding!"

    Absolutely engrossing audio book. Excellent narration and writing make this one you literally can't put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    qwertyuiop 02-22-15
    qwertyuiop 02-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thorough and interesting, never boring"
    Would you listen to A. Lincoln again? Why?

    Yes, except for the fact that it is so long. The book explains all of the factors which lead Lincoln towards his career as a lawyer, and through all of his failings, struggles, and depression. As he becomes a politician, Lincoln's speeches are analyzed and his presidency is recounted with great detail. It was hard to listen to the end because I knew how it ended. After he dies (spoiler) the book kind of just ends.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abraham Lincoln, of course!


    Any additional comments?

    Everybody should know Lincoln's story, because he rose from a poor family to being a successful lawyer and the most successful president, accomplishing more in four years than others accomplish in eight. It also gave me a good understanding of the political situation at the time.

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    P. Cory Hogan 02-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Authentic and Inspiring"

    While some attempt to define (and defile) Lincoln based on limited anecdotes and modern perspectives, White's stunning book is the most complete and accurate review of 'Father Abraham.' Taken in full context, Lincoln's incredible character remains as inspiring today as it did when the world needed him most.

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    C. Johnson 01-11-15
    C. Johnson 01-11-15

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    "Great man and a great book"

    Good from beginning to the end. Really felt like I was there during all those tense situations that tested this giant of a man. He really rose above and proved greater than the challenges he faced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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