Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

by Benjamin P. Thomas

An account of the rise to power of a skillful politician & complicated man, who took on an enormous amount of personal & public responsibility during the greatest crisis in our nation's history. The story of his triumphs, tragedies, successes & failures.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Biography
  • Rating: 4.04
  • Pages: 548
  • Publish Date: April 12th 1979 by Modern Library
  • Isbn10: 0394604687
  • Isbn13: 9780394604688

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Abraham Lincoln is Benjamin Thomass 1952 classic and may have been the best single volume biography until Stephen Oatess With Malice Toward None was published in 1977. Oldest of the five Lincoln biographies Ive read so far, Thomass Abraham Lincoln has aged well. Relative to more recent biographies of Lincoln Ive read, Thomass provides a far better comparison of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the North and the South as they headed to war. Coverage of Lincolns early life, while far from exhaustive, is among the clearest and easiest to follow of any Lincoln biography Ive encountered. Overall, however, there is a great deal to like about Benjamin Thomass biography of Lincoln. Benjamin Thomass biography of our sixteenth president is undoubtedly an excellent choice for anyone seeking an engaging, informative, wonderfully vivid but still relatively thorough introduction to Lincolns life.

I think a fairly good one is Abraham Lincoln by Benjamin Thomas.

Thomas allows the facts to speak for themselves while also recognizing who Lincoln was as a man, as a leader, as the President.

A classic biography every bit as good as it's reputation, Thomas approaches the subject with the desire to illuminate rather than explain it. As biography writing, this book is also an example of restraint. When a big event like Gettysburg occurs Thomas doesn't shift gears into the role of historian to write 20 pages on this most crucial battle. Benjamin Thomas made me realize how much of my Lincoln knowledge was built on John Ford's myth-making film, Young Mr. Lincoln. The book also helps one appreciate Steven Spielberg's Lincoln film. While nearly every conversation of that film is likely fiction those moments are very true to Lincoln's character and personality. I want the quiet moments in the Spielberg film and that's the equivalent what this author does in this book. The genius of Thomas's biography is that he gives you the story and the reader can't help wondering how all of those pieces arranged differently would look. I will forever see and think of Lincoln differently in both fiction and nonfiction because of this book. Had I sought out a Lincoln book that the consensus believed definitive I am just as likely to have stopped reading it altogether.

At the age of 22, the company he worked for went bankrupt and he lost his job. By the end of the year, the business failed. At 25, he ran for state legislature again. At 39, when his term ended, he was out of job again. Two years later, at the age of 51, after a lifetime of failure, disappointment and loss (and still relatively unknown outside of his home state of Illinois), Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th president of the United States. Despite being elected to a second term, he served only four years in office before meeting his final defeat at the hands of an assassin, in April 1865. So the next time you think about quitting because you have already tried and failed, ask yourself this: How different would the world be if Abraham Lincoln had stopped trying after his first defeat or his fifth or his tenth?

Moreover, with his knowledge and consciousness, he was leading the U.S. through one of the biggest problem which was Civil War. Many states were trying to make secession led by South Carolina.After that, he was able to reunion states in the country and solve and fundamental many radicals such as, abolish of slavery, taxes, railroads, and currency. There are also three elements of this book which are life is not always beautiful, consciousness and knowledge are important for solving any problems, and leadership is the best element for the president.

Thomas left the Association in 1937 and worked in insurance and as a farmer for several years. Thomas sold his insurance business in 1944 to focus on scholarship, and wrote a series of books, the most notable of which, his 1952 biography of Abraham Lincoln, became a national bestseller.