"From the Hardcover edition."
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||May 2010|
|Number of Pages:||796|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.8|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.0 x 9.0 x 1.75|
Ronald C. White, Jr. was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in California. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1961 with a B.A., received an M. Div. in 1964 from Princeton Theological Seminary, and earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1972. He also studied as a World Council of Churches Scholar at Lincoln Theological College in England. White has written several books, including three on Abraham Lincoln: The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words, Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural, and A. Lincoln: A Biography. He has also been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. White is Professor of American Religious History Emeritus at San Francisco Theological Seminary, and he has taught at UCLA, Princeton Theological Seminary, Whitworth University, Colorado College, Fuller Seminary, and Rider University.
|List of Maps||p. ix|
|Cast of Characters||p. xi|
|A. Lincoln and the Promise of America||p. 3|
|Undistinguished Families 1809–16||p. 7|
|Persistent in Learning 1816–30||p. 23|
|Rendering Myself Worthy of Their Esteem 1831–34||p. 43|
|The Whole People of Sangamon 1834–37||p. 61|
|Without Contemplating Consequences 1837–42||p. 79|
|A Matter of Profound Wonder 1831–42||p. 99|
|The Truth Is, I Would Like to Go Very Much 1843–46||p. 119|
|My Best Impression of the Truth 1847–49||p. 139|
|As a Peacemaker the Lawyer Has a Superior Opportunity 1849–52||p. 167|
|Let No One Be Deceived 1852–56||p. 187|
|A House Divided 1856–58||p. 223|
|The Eternal Struggle Between These Two Principles 1858||p. 257|
|The Taste Is in My Mouth a Little 1858–60||p. 291|
|Justice and Fairness to All May 1860–November–1860||p. 331|
|An Humble Instrument in the Hands of the Almighty November 1860–February 1861||p. 349|
|We Must Not Be Enemies February 1861–April 1861||p. 381|
|A People's Contest April 1861–July 1861||p. 411|
|The Bottom Is Out of the Tub July 1861–January 1862||p. 437|
|We Are Coming, Father Abraham: January 1862–July 1862||p. 467|
|We Must Think Anew July 1862–December 1862||p. 495|
|What Will the Country Say? January 1863–May 1863||p. 531|
|You Say You Will Not Fight to Free Negroes May 1863–September 1863||p. 563|
|ANew Birth of Freedom September 1863–March 1864||p. 591|
|The Will of God Prevails March 1864–November 1864||p. 617|
|With Malice Toward None, with Charity for All December 1864–April 1865||p. 647|
|Selected Bibliography||p. 745|
|Illustration Credits||p. 765|
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
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“If you read one book about Lincoln, make it A. Lincoln.”— USA Today
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • The Philadelphia Inquirer • The Christian Science Monitor • St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE CHRISTOPHER AWARD
Everyone wants to define the man who signed his name “A. Lincoln.” In his lifetime and ever since, friend and foe have taken it upon themselves to characterize Lincoln according to their own label or libel. In this magnificent book, Ronald C. White, Jr., offers a fresh and compelling definition of Lincoln as a man of integrity–what today’s commentators would call “authenticity”–whose moral compass holds the key to understanding his life.
Through meticulous research of the newly completed Lincoln Legal Papers, as well as of recently discovered letters and photographs, White provides a portrait of Lincoln’s personal, political, and moral evolution. White shows us Lincoln as a man who would leave a trail of thoughts in his wake, jotting ideas on scraps of paper and filing them in his top hat or the bottom drawer of his desk; a country lawyer who asked questions in order to figure out his own thinking on an issue, as much as to argue the case; a hands-on commander in chief who, as soldiers and sailors watched in amazement, commandeered a boat and ordered an attack on Confederate shore batteries at the tip of the Virginia peninsula; a man who struggled with the immorality of slavery and as president acted publicly and privately to outlaw it forever; and finally, a president involved in a religious odyssey who wrote, for his own eyes only, a profound meditation on “the will of God” in the Civil War that would become the basis of his finest address.
Most enlightening, the Abraham Lincoln who comes into focus in this stellar narrative is a person of intellectual curiosity, comfortable with ambiguity, unafraid to “think anew and act anew.”
A transcendent, sweeping, passionately written biography that greatly expands our knowledge and understanding of its subject, A. Lincoln will engage a whole new generation of Americans. It is poised to shed a profound light on our greatest president just as America commemorates the bicentennial of his birth.
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