Abraham Lincoln

The Man Behind the Myths

by Stephen B. Oates

On Sale: 03/15/2011

Abraham Lincoln

The Man Behind the Myths

by Stephen B. Oates

On Sale: 03/15/2011

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About the Book

“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

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.

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: 9780060924720
  • ISBN 10: 0060924721
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 03/15/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • List Price:17.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civil Rights
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
  • BISAC4 : HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • BISAC5 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State
  • BISAC6 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Royalty
  • BISAC7 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political
  • BISAC8 : HISTORY / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)
  • BISAC9 : HISTORY / North America
  • BISAC10 : HISTORY / Social History

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