“Here, in these pages, Lincoln is still alive.” —Los Angeles Times
From Stephen B. Oates comes a riveting companion to his seminal Lincoln biography With Malice Toward None. Exploring the complex mythology surrounding the sixteenth President, including iconic images of Lincoln as Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind The Myths offers a penetrating look at Lincoln’s life and impact, indispensible for any student of great leadership, the Civil War, and American history.
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About the Author
Stephen B. Oates is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. His books include Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln. Oates has been awarded numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Nevins-Freeman Award of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago for lifetime achievement in the field of Civil War studies.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is more of a debunking of the various myths surrounding Lincoln than a biography of Lincoln, although it does deal with various events in Lincoln's life. I think Oates' intention is to make the reader see Lincoln as a flesh and blood man rather than as an icon or a villian as he has been previously portrayed. In this I think he has succeeded. As a result, this book makes a good companion piece to his biography of Lincoln WITH MALICE TOWARDS NONE.
I did enjoy this book. The research was good as was the writing. The thing that I did not enjoy was that it seemed the author was trying to hard to stay in the middle ground of those who love Lincoln and those who hate him. It's worth reading and keeping for reference.
A great history well done.