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.
"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)
Team of Rivals is still my favorite Lincoln biography, but this is a serious contender. I especially appreciated the author's insights into Lincoln's spiritual journey. No, the Second Inaugural's biblical language wasn't a political con job. Lincoln was not so full of guile as that. He had, over time, become a believer, as this book shows. Likewise, the author does a wonderful job of showing the development of Lincoln's thinking on the need to abolish, not just limit the extension, of slavery. The author's examination of the strength of Lincoln's oratory and the tools he used to create meaningful speeches, also sets this book apart.
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.
Abraham Lincoln, of course!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He reads the book in a style compatible with a cinematic documentary which I thought to be appropriate and engaging.
Not possible for me to do
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.
Only listened to the audio version.
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.
Yes, the different voices used when quoting a subject in the book was done very well.
Lincoln's letter to the parents of a young soldier who was killed early in the Civil War.
Well worth the long amount of time to listen to the book.
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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