With Malice Toward None: A Biography of Abraham Lincoln

With Malice Toward None A Biography of Abraham Lincoln Full fair and accurate Certainly the most objective biography of Lincoln ever written Pulitzer Prize winner David Herbert Donald New York Times Book ReviewFrom preeminent Civil War historian Stephe
  • Title: With Malice Toward None: A Biography of Abraham Lincoln
  • Author: Stephen B. Oates
  • ISBN: 9780060924713
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
  • With Malice Toward None: A Biography of Abraham Lincoln
    Full, fair, and accurate Certainly the most objective biography of Lincoln ever written Pulitzer Prize winner David Herbert Donald, New York Times Book ReviewFrom preeminent Civil War historian Stephen B Oates comes the book the Washington Post hails as the standard one volume biography of Lincoln Oates With Malice Toward None is recognized as the seminal b Full, fair, and accurate Certainly the most objective biography of Lincoln ever written Pulitzer Prize winner David Herbert Donald, New York Times Book ReviewFrom preeminent Civil War historian Stephen B Oates comes the book the Washington Post hails as the standard one volume biography of Lincoln Oates With Malice Toward None is recognized as the seminal biography of the Sixteenth President, by one of America s most prominent historians.
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  • Stephen B. Oates

    A former professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst He is an expert in 19th century United States history.Oates has written 16 books during his career, including biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr Abraham Lincoln, Clara Barton, and John Brown, and an account of Nat Turner s slave rebellion His Portrait of America, a compilation of essays about United States history, is widely used in advanced high school and undergraduate university American history courses His two Voices of the Storm books are compilations of monologues of key individuals in events leading up to and during the American Civil War He also appeared in the well known Ken Burns PBS documentary on the war.He was accused of plagiarism in his biography of Abraham Lincoln, but may have been later cleared by the University of Massachusetts and the American Historical Association 1 Oates received the Nevins Freeman Award of the Chicago Civil War Round Table for his historical work on the American Civil War.

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  • An intimate portrait of Lincoln if I hadn t liked Lincoln before reading Stephen Oates biography, With Malice Toward None, it surely would have won me over Not that it s a glowing eulogy or strays from the factual, but simply that it shows the innumerable obstacles circumstances, people, events he overcame during a remarkable life.In the beginning I grumped a little It seemed a long, slow lead up of failures, and he failed a LOT, to the interesting stuff But it was a necessary preparation for th [...]


  • No book has ever made me cry like this then again, I don t read many biographies It took me much longer to read than I anticipated Not because it wasn t interesting but because it was a long book with a lifetime s worth of detailed information By the end I had really grown to love Lincoln and when his final days drew near I was deeply moved by his life and sacrifices and what he accomplished under what I can only describe as divine guidance Everyone ought to study history We romanticize and misj [...]


  • My favorite Lincoln biography Take this with a grain of salt You know how this works when you critically assess another reader s statements what often comes out is that it is very likely the reader s only foray into said biographies Not quite true for me, I recently finished Lincoln and Whitman parallel lives in Civil War Washington Another excellent read, with a finale that s hard to beat in the genre Off to Team of Rivals we go .



  • bestpresidentialbios 2014 With Malice Toward None The Life of Abraham Lincoln is Stephen Oates s 1977 classic biography of our sixteenth president Oates is an author, historian and former professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst He is the author of sixteen books, many of which are focused on important people and issues relating to the Civil War.Oates s biography was the first comprehensive treatment of Lincoln in nearly two decades Critically hailed, it quickly gained a re [...]


  • I was looking for a good, comprehensive biography of Abraham Lincoln s life Mission accomplished.Of course, you will learn all about Lincoln s political life, but you also get a sense of who he was as a person A son, a friend, a father, a husband, a community member Looking back, we think of Lincoln as a strong, intelligent man of leadership And he was, but it took him a while to get there He has his problems and weaknesses just like any other human being A reader of this book will see how Linco [...]


  • Even though I knew how this story would end, this book still had me on the edge of my seat Lincoln is one of my heroes, and this is the only biography of his that I actually enjoyed It wasn t as dry as most others, and read like a novel I loved seeing him in the light of a real human, from his humble upbringing, through trial after trial, and failure after failure He was both a spiritual and a political giant, and was no doubt divinely appointed for his time as President I admire how benevolent [...]


  • I loved this book I learned about the Big stuff regarding Lincoln s life in grade school but I have never really understood the smaller details associated with his life This is a fantastic history book I was shocked that his presidency was under constant criticismright up to the point of his assassination It was also interesting to read about the prominent people of the day and the absolute, bigoted comments they made concerning equality of all men If this book piques your interest in the Civil [...]


  • With Malice Toward None The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen B Oates was a wonderful biography of our 16th president What I liked especially about it was its balance It was not chiefly a retelling of the Civil War battles, but rather a comprehensive one volume accounting of Abraham Lincoln s life You are past page 200 before Lincoln is elected to his first Term, so there is a lot of material on his early life and work in politics After reviewing his first years in Kentucky Indiana Illinois, th [...]


  • This text may seem tedious in regard to the details of Lincoln s early life I found later that these details aided in my understanding of Lincoln s decisions in office At the conclusion of the text, I felt I knew Lincoln personally and may have even shed a tear reading about his death


  • I had to read and write a book review for my History class a few years back and this was on the book list and I chose it because I could listen to it at work and thought it would be easy Turned out not so much First of all it was like 18 tapes TAPES mind you not CD s Second of all it was the most boring book I ve ever HAD to read or listen to However, on the flip side I learned a great deal about Abraham Lincoln and his life I had no idea he ran for office before he was president I guess it neve [...]


  • Listened to audiobook from Recorded Books.Narrated By Nelson RungerThe Los Angeles Times hails this biography as the finest ever written With an outstanding blend of brilliant scholarship and entertaining style, Professor Stephen B Oates brings us closer than ever before to knowing the real Abraham Lincoln Here is Lincoln as he really was a gentle, determined man obsessed with death yet filled with life, troubled with bouts of melancholy yet blessed with a witty nature, and gifted with a talent [...]


  • This book was one of the best biographies I have ever read As a Social Studies teacher I thought I knew a lot already about Lincoln and the Civil War, but I learned so much from this book about who Lincoln was as a human being and about the competing political forces leading up to and during the Civil War I highly recommend it for people interested in history and for American citizens in general And I ll say that it s crushing and sad that a man and a leader like this had to die like that.


  • Oates clearly holds Lincoln in adulation I read the entire book wondering what human qualities and shortcomings might have been left out of glossed over This read like a pro lincoln debate presentation i d like to hear the con viewpoint so i can make my own descision again, great subject matter though and the arguments against the legality of secession WERE compelling and made me really re think my position i didn t chionge it though He dies at the end


  • Took me 3 years but I finally finished it Excellent I learned so much about this great man that I was never taught in school A long read, often dry, but worth the time.


  • Amazing book Though you can see his bias towards Lincoln, it also shows his faults and his humanity Love this book.



  • The Abraham Lincoln that we revere in modern day tends to be seen in a simplistic heroic light and oversimplifying the Civil War Abraham Lincoln, however, was a complex individual who lived a varied life in a time where the United States entered a crossroads in its history In With Malice Towards None , Stephen Oates skillfully walks the reader through Lincoln s life We are not only introduced to the events of his life, but seeing the events of his life through Lincoln s eyes Where Oates narrativ [...]


  • This was my first full Lincoln biography, having read Team of Rivals and several books covering the civil war I found the book very approachable and especially liked the short sections that made it easy to put down and pick back up.Some things I picked up that I didn t know previously about Lincoln His great admiration of founding fathers and principles of the revolution and of popular government, his depression and uncertainty in Springfield years, his admiration of Henry Clay, and his early mo [...]


  • Okayis only got abandoned because I didn t realize it came in two volumes of tapes and I only have the first 9 tapes d I imagine I d rate this higher as the early life stuff really doesn t mean much to me Still, very informative and detailed enough to see how a man can be a politician and still be relatively honest and true to one s principles I d like to hear the second half.


  • Oates biography of Abraham Lincoln was one I remember wanting to read when it first came out in 1977, but I was too busy then I ve finally gotten to it, and really enjoyed it It s reputation as on of the best Lincoln books of the late 20th Century is well deserved So my current project of brushing up on the leaders commander of the American Civil War is than half done.


  • Wonderful book Packed with intriguing detail and scope I left with much understanding of the war, the nature of the president, and revelation that he had many detractors It s not a quick read but it s well worth the time.


  • Very interesting book about Lincoln This book, taken together with Founding Brothers, can give readers a much deeper understanding of the issues and complications embedded in slavery.


  • Oates is an evocative and gifted storyteller, as well as a first rate historian and biographer This is the definitive Lincoln biography.



  • All I will put here is read it It s a wonderful book by a well rounded author Stephen Oates is near that layer of writers with McCullough and McPherson.




  • A concise, well written biography that s informative and easy to read I think the fact that I just finished Battle Cry of Freedom really enhanced my understanding of what was going on during the Civil War otherwise I might have found that this book touched a little too lightly on some of the important events.I think my only real critique is that I wish that there was a bit of an epilogue the book ends rather abruptly on Lincoln s death and funeral, without any real reflection on aftermath or le [...]


  • It is amazing how human, vulnerable and normal legends can be Screaming at misguided people, Lincoln believed, was not the way to correct their wrongs As he put it later, you won people to your side through persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, making friends with them, appealing to their reason, gently telling them that they were only hurting themselves by their follies For it was an old true maxim, Lincoln contended, that a drop of honey catches flies than a gallon of gall Lincoln s favori [...]


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