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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,631 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ronald C. White Jr. Narrator: Bill Weideman Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN:
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Abraham Lincoln always signed his name "A. Lincoln" so it shouldn't come as a surprise that one of the most in-depth, personal looks at his life is titled A. Lincoln: A Biography.

A. Lincoln is a highly detailed, thoroughly researched biography of the sixteenth President of the United States. The book showcases Lincoln's integrity, morals and willingness to change his mind when necessary. It also documents his insatiable intellectual curiosity, which led to changing viewpoints throughout his lifetime and influenced famous events such as the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation. It covers the reasoning behind his evolving ideas on slavery, religion and even the role of the President.

Beginning with his childhood, the book discusses Lincoln's civilian life, his political career before presidency and his time in the White House. A. Lincoln is surprisingly humorous at least partially due to the President's own sense of humor exposed in his writing. This is especially true when exploring the interpersonal relationships with his family, friends and even political contemporaries.

Author Ronald C. White Jr. researched the book through letters, legal documents and photographs, including Lincoln's personal writings and letters and those of his family. White has written eight books, including A. Lincoln: A Biography. These include two other bestsellers about one of the country's most famous presidents, Lincoln's Greatest Speech and The Eloquent President. He has also served as a guest lecturer on Lincoln at the White House, the Library of Congress and Gettysburg.

White holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and has served as a professor at several schools including Princeton. He currently teaches history at UCLA and is a Professor of American Religious History Emeritus at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

In this important new biography, Ronald C. White, Jr. offers a fresh and fascinating definition of Lincoln as a man of integrity - what today's commentators are calling authenticity - whose internal moral compass is the key to understanding his life. Through meticulous research, utilizing recently discovered Lincoln letters, legal papers, and photographs, White depicts Lincoln as a person of intellectual curiosity, comfortable with ambiguity, and capable of changing his mind.

The reader is treated to an exploration of Lincoln's compelling words, his changing ideas on slavery, the shaping of the modern role of Commander-in-Chief, and his surprising religious odyssey.

A. Lincoln, so titled for the way Lincoln signed his name, sheds an innovative and profound light on our nation's most beloved leader for a new generation of Americans. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chip Supanich | 2/16/2014

    " This was a meticulously researched and loving but critical portrayal of one our most complex and misunderstood presidents. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, plowing through it rather quickly. It helped me remember how much I'd forgotten about that Era in our country's history. Recommend it highly! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 2/9/2014

    " I thought this was an excellent biography of Lincoln. I loved that it didn't seem in any way salacious. It didn't dwell on his marriage or depression or relationships with his parents. It did dwell on his writings and speeches and spent time discussing his rhetoric, poetry, and influences, and this was so much more appealing. I thought White handled the civil war amazingly well; I am no history buff and although I needed reminding of many of the important battles and their significance, I felt really comfortable following the flow of the war. I hadn't realized that Lincoln had essentially no time in office before the war began. Between his election and inauguration, states were already seceding; his election was really the final straw. I was also alarmed at how current and relevant the pre-civil war tension felt. I left this book with a much deeper appreciation and love for Lincoln. His general style and approach to life felt like something I could relate to, or at least aspire to. His measured and thoughtful manner when handling a problem was criticized much of the time, but in retrospect it worked so well for him and our country. I was also amazed by how charismatic, personable, and funny he was. And finally I was struck by how unpopular he and many of his decisions were at the time. Sometimes you just can't judge a president without some hindsight, and that is worth remembering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beryl | 1/25/2014

    " I learned more about Lincoln's life and character and development as a great leader than I ever thought I'd want to know and enjoyed every step of the journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug D'jay | 1/20/2014

    " After all these years I was still shattered by the sudden death of this just, compassionate and wise man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/15/2014

    " Great biography on Lincoln- purchased at the Lincoln Museum in Springfield. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alok | 1/10/2014

    " It was meticulously and well researched book and at times was lengthy. But quite an inslghtful book and have well analized the character of AL. Great quotes and very inspiring book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Serryl | 1/3/2014

    " As with any historical biography, the book can be a bit of a slow read in parts. Still, this book, just like the life of the man it chronicles, comes to a truly moving and tremendous conclusion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathie Bracy | 12/21/2013

    " I haven't read it. Why do I have to rate it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 10/21/2013

    " Simply the best modern book on Lincoln. An outstanding read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alasdair | 9/29/2013

    " This is a very fine biography. If I had one criticism it would be that perhaps a better job could have been done of tying the story together at the end. Nonetheless a worthwhile read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Whetten | 9/8/2013

    " I have always admired President Lincoln, but this biography increased that admiration by leaps and bounds. I developed a greater appreciation for Lincoln's life before the White House and how those experiences shaped his worldview. Wonderful read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reed | 8/22/2013

    " The best biography I've ever read. No question. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Volker Rohde | 8/19/2013

    " As thick as the bible but very easy to read. Very entertaining and at the same time educating. Thought provoking also for actual political developments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Watkins | 5/13/2013

    " Loved the book. Came to love the man by seeing how he grew into a man who shaped the whole country for the better. A strong man. The book did a great job of telling his story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cordell | 2/19/2013

    " A good book but it gets lost in the mundane details of his early life at the expense of his history altering brilliance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 6/21/2012

    " This was a great biography on a great American President. It was well written and well researched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pcyphert | 3/29/2012

    " very interesting and informative. I admire Mr. Lincoln more than ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra Arboleda | 1/23/2011

    " I enjoyed learning more about the Civil War through the eyes of this humble and profoundly wise man. His ability to understand human nature and his understanding of when to compromise and when to lead were a gift to this country and kept our experiment in democracy alive at a crucial time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/1/2011

    " What a wonderful book! I learned so much about Lincoln and his period in history that I never knew. What an ethical, kind person. He certainly saved our nation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 2/17/2010

    " Solid biography -- I raced through the last half of the book in only a few days. A few insights I'd never come across before, including the first attempt I've seen to explain what Lincoln meant in a speech in Trenton when he described American's as God's "almost chosen people." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom - Joanne | 8/25/2009

    " Details reveal the struggle Lincoln faced. His way of working through the issue of slavery in his day reflects how we today fight over the issue of health care etc. Obama faces some of the same tough criticism as Lincoln did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neva | 7/17/2009

    " Very interesting, since I knew little about the early life of Lincoln. "

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