Abraham Lincoln: The Man behind the Myths

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An essential book for any student of Lincoln and American history, Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths is acclaimed Lincoln biographer Stephen B. Oates's unique exploration of America's sixteenth president in reality and memory. In this multifaceted portrait, Oates, "the most popular historical interpreter of Lincoln" (Gabor S. Boritt, New York Times Book Review), exposes the human side of the great and tragic president—including his depression, his difficulties with love, and his troubled and troubling ...

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Overview

An essential book for any student of Lincoln and American history, Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths is acclaimed Lincoln biographer Stephen B. Oates's unique exploration of America's sixteenth president in reality and memory. In this multifaceted portrait, Oates, "the most popular historical interpreter of Lincoln" (Gabor S. Boritt, New York Times Book Review), exposes the human side of the great and tragic president—including his depression, his difficulties with love, and his troubled and troubling attitudes about slavery—while also confronting the many legends that have arisen around "Honest Abe." Oates throughout raises timely questions about what the Lincoln mythos reveals about the American people.

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Oates distills the historical truth from the mythical legend that surrounds Abraham Lincoln in this original and fascinating portrait of America's 16th president.
Christian Science Monitor
Stephen B. Oates recreates the life and world of Lincoln with the skill of a master painter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060924720
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 308,186
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Great examination of Lincoln.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Well written

    A great history well done.

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