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Long considered a classic, Benjamin P. Thomas's Abraham Lincoln: A Biography takes an incisive look at one of American history's greatest figures. Originally published in 1952 to wide acclaim, this eloquent account rises above previously romanticized depictions of the sixteenth president to reveal the real Lincoln: a complex, shrewd, and dynamic individual whose exceptional life has long intrigued the public.
Thomas traces the president from his hardscrabble beginnings and early political career, through his years as an Illinois lawyer and his presidency during the Civil War. Although Lincoln is appropriately placed against the backdrop of the dramatic times in which he lived, the author's true focus is on Lincoln the man and his intricate personality. While Thomas pays tribute to Lincoln's many virtues and accomplishments, he is careful not to dramatize a persona already larger than life in the American imagination. Instead he presents a candid and balanced representation that provides compelling insight into Lincoln's true character and the elements that forged him into an extraordinary leader. Thomas portrays Lincoln as a man whose conviction, resourcefulness, and inner strength enabled him to lead the nation through the most violent crossroads in its history.
Thomas's direct, readable narrative is concise while losing none of the crucial details of Lincoln's remarkable life. The volume's clarity of style makes it accessible to beginners, but it is complex and nuanced enough to interest longtime Lincoln scholars. After more than half a century, Abraham Lincoln: A Biography is still an essential source for anyone interested in learning more about the many facets of the sixteenth president, and it remains the definitive single-volume work on the life of an American legend.
Thomas's biography is the definitive study of Lincoln, incorporating a lifetime of research.
Posted May 12, 2002
This book was so outstanding. After reading this book you feel like you know Abe himself. This is a perfect book for students or people who just want to know about the 16th president.
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Posted February 10, 2005
This book was very well written, but Lincoln is not the great and perfect man this book and many other people portray him as. In order to save the Constitution, Lincoln put it on hold. He suspended it. When Virginia was receding from the Union, Lincoln arrested anyone who disagreed or tried to protest on his decisions. He didn't allow the person being arrested to have a trial. He simply dumped them into jail. The man was a tyrant, as much as some people hate to acknowledge it. He even threatened Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice, when he stood up to Lincoln and said, 'Hey, this isn't right.' Lincoln ignored him, for the most part, but made it quite clear that if Taney protested again, he would be thrown into jail. But I do recognize that the man was a brilliant leader.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2004
great book about a great man. For many years i have wanted to read more about our history, this was my first book on my journey. there are many books on lincoln and not having read any others besides this one i cannot say it is the best, but it sure did a great job. It put to rest alot of rumors that have been circulating about lincoln. Please note that the books intention is not to do away with rumors, but certain things he had to do, can very easily be viewed as something different. therefore, breed incorrect assumptions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 1, 2002
An easy to follow account of Mr. Lincoln throughout his entire life, and a well written text that paints vivid images in your mind page after page. Highly recommended to anyone from High School ages and up. The final chapter is a helpful guide to further lincoln literature.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.