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Abraham Lincoln

The Man Behind the Myths

by Stephen B. Oates

On Sale: 10/13/2009

Price: $6.99

Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln

The Man Behind the Myths

by Stephen B. Oates

On Sale: 10/13/2009

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Price: $6.99

About the Book

Abraham Lincoln is frequently ranked as the best president in history. But despite the veneration he inspires, myth often obscures the real story of his life. Stephen B. Oates, author of Lincoln biography With Malice Toward None, sets out to correct these misconceptions in Abraham Lincoln.

In this biographical study, Oates examines the beliefs and vision of our sixteenth president, to better understand the inner man and his actions. He also addresses the major myths surrounding Lincoln, up to and after his assassination in 1865. Abraham Lincoln is more than a biography; it explains how Lincoln saw America in terms of the progress of human liberty in the world.

Stephen B. Oates is the author of sixteen books, including The Approaching Fury; With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln and Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. He has won the Christopher Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award for his work. Oates was a consultant and “talking head” in Ken Burns’s Civil War series on PBS, and is a recipient of the Nevins-Freeman Award of the Chicago Civil War Round Table for lifetime achievement in the field of Civil War studies. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

“Stephen B. Oates recreates the life and world of Lincoln with the skill of a master painter ... He portrays both the facts and myths of history as essential to our understanding of it.” — Christian Science Monitor

Critical Praise

“There is no better introduction to current thinking about Lincoln and his place in history.” — Newsday

“Oates re-creates the life and world of Abraham Lincoln with the skill of a master painter. He succeeds in portraying both the facts and myths of history as essential to our understanding it.” — Christian Science Monitor

“There is a piece of Lincoln in us all. This book can help us find it.” — William C. Davis

"Oates is right: the time has come to demythologize Lincoln—to chip from his hallowed memory the crusts of rumor, fable, and nonsense." — Washington Post

"A powerful book." — Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061865916
  • ISBN 10: 0061865915
  • Imprint: HarperCollins e-books
  • On Sale: 10/13/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • List Price: $6.99
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • BISAC2 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State