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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Tony San Francisco, CA, United States 12-19-14
    Tony San Francisco, CA, United States 12-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant! Thorough we'll researched and delivered"

    Excellant tribute to an exceptional complex man! He lived a well spent life and became savior to a nation without whom would have failed. Bless his soul.

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    S Willow Beach, ON, Canada 03-16-13
    S Willow Beach, ON, Canada 03-16-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Some books could be better if they were abridged"

    What I expected: a glimpse into the man we call Abraham Lincoln.

    What I got: a blow by blow descripton of the politics and battles of the day during Lincoln's political career. There were rare glimpses into the human side of Lincoln - and they were frustratingly short and far between.

    The narrator, however did a supurb job of creating changes in voices and in keeping an otherwise l-o-n-g story engaging. Overall, I'm glad I read it to the end. And it was a very l-o-n-g book.

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    jonathan Tequesta, FL, United States 02-25-13
    jonathan Tequesta, FL, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not for the Bill O'Reilly crowd"
    What made the experience of listening to A. Lincoln the most enjoyable?

    This is serious history by an accomplished historian written in an enjoyable and accessible manner without sensationalizing or trivializing an American icon with whom we are already familiar.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A. Lincoln


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

    He reads the book in a style compatible with a cinematic documentary which I thought to be appropriate and engaging.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not possible for me to do


    Any additional comments?

    If you do not have the time or energy for Burlingame's magisterial work, this is the book to read and Weldeman does an excellent job.

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    Robert United States 05-14-12
    Robert United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Biography on a great man."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A. Lincoln to be better than the print version?

    Only listened to the audio version.


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

    I enjoyed the background given between Lincoln and his generals during the civil war. Also Mr. White does a great job giving you insight into the Presidents reasoning and thought process and how he came to decisions.


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

    Yes, the different voices used when quoting a subject in the book was done very well.


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

    Lincoln's letter to the parents of a young soldier who was killed early in the Civil War.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the long amount of time to listen to the book.

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    Julie Bountiful, UT, United States 04-25-12
    Julie Bountiful, UT, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2002
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    "More like a history lesson that a bio."

    I usually really like biographies, but this one fell short. It spent way too much time describing every little detail of the civil war. I did manage to get through it, but most of the book was pretty boring.

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