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A. Lincoln : a biography, Ronald C. White, Jr

Label
A. Lincoln : a biography
Title
A. Lincoln
Title remainder
a biography
Statement of responsibility
Ronald C. White, Jr
Title variation
Abraham Lincoln
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Writing style
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ White (history, visiting, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; Lincoln's Greatest Speech ) offers a massive biography for the upcoming bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. He follows the familiar trajectory of the 16th President's life; what's unique is his insight into the moral and intellectual framework of Lincoln's thinking. White asserts that Lincoln was deeply suspicious of anyone who embraced absolutes; in true lawyer fashion, he could present all sides of an issue with equal force. Yet when it came to theological and political convictions Lincoln possessed guiding principles: he believed in an omnipotent and active Supreme Being and the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as expressed in the Declaration of Independence. Through a careful analysis of Lincoln's speeches, public and private letters, and personal notes, White skillfully evokes Lincoln's working out of these principles. He reveals a Lincoln whose evolving attitudes toward race, slavery, and war aims culminated in his magisterial second inaugural address on March 4, 1864, which proclaimed that slavery was at the heart of the fraternal holocaust and that the time had come for all Americans to bring forth a new nation "with malice toward none; with charity for all." An exceptional work that belongs in every public and academic library.—Jim Doyle, Rome, GA --Jim Doyle (Reviewed December 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 20, p139)
  • Huntington Library fellow White (The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words, 2005, etc.) offers a lively, comprehensive life of the 16th president.Known variously throughout his career as "Honest Abe," "Old Abe," "the Rail-Splitter," "the original gorilla," "the dictator," "the Great Emancipator" and "Father Abraham," Lincoln referred to himself in famously self-deprecating terms and signed his name simply as "A. Lincoln." That's all that was simple, though, about this unusually "shut-mouthed" man, who from youth burned for public distinction. White's highly readable, picturesque presentation follows Lincoln's life from the pioneer birth and boyhood to the presidential assassination, with especially good passages on Lincoln's ancestry, his Springfield law practice and his emergence from the political wilderness in 1858. White doesn't shy away from Lincoln's shortcomings—his ferocious ambition, his opportunism, his woeful performance as a husband—but this mostly admiring treatment highlights his virtues, not least his ability to draw on the talents of diverse personalities, use the best of their advice and deftly manipulate them to advantage, whether as a militia captain, a state legislator, a party organizer a candidate or a president. White's triumph, though, is his focus on the forging of Lincoln's moral character—how the private man used contemplation, reading, experience, the press of events and the teachings of his political heroes to clarify his own political identity. Splendidly, and unsurprisingly given his past scholarship, White pays particular attention to language, referencing the innumerable scraps of paper Lincoln wrote to himself, public and private letters and formal addresses. He graphically depicts Lincoln thinking, first tentatively, and then logically working through the thicket of a problem to a lawyerly understanding and, finally, with his singular combination of "homely and high language," to an exquisite expression of meaning and purpose.Likely to be frequently cited during the bicentennial celebration of Lincoln's birth. (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2008)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
293540
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1939-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
White, Ronald C.
Dewey number
  • 973.7092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
E457
LC item number
.W597 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Presidents
  • United States
Label
A. Lincoln : a biography, Ronald C. White, Jr
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [681]-764) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
719262
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 796 pages
Isbn
9781400064991
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008028840
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, photographs
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781400064991
  • (OCoLC)229028071
Label
A. Lincoln : a biography, Ronald C. White, Jr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [681]-764) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
719262
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 796 pages
Isbn
9781400064991
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008028840
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, photographs
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781400064991
  • (OCoLC)229028071

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