By Stephen B. Oates
“There is not any higher advent to present wondering Lincoln and his position in history.” —Newsday
“Here, in those pages, Lincoln remains to be alive.” —Los Angeles Times
From Stephen B. Oates comes a riveting better half to his seminal Lincoln biography With Malice towards None. Exploring the complicated mythology surrounding the 16th President, together with iconic photos of Lincoln as sincere Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the nice Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln: the guy at the back of The Myths deals a penetrating examine Lincoln’s lifestyles and impression, indispensible for any pupil of significant management, the Civil warfare, and American heritage.
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His letters are full of details about the wide circle of cousins and halfcousins with whom he came into contact, and who seemed to be getting themselves steadily married or buried. Passages concerning new clothes for either celebration occur, bearing witness to Mr Blackie's care for his son's personal appearance, and to the son's desire to stock his wardrobe scantily, and to be trammelled with no supernumerary coats and hats. His student life in Edinburgh ended with the summer session of 1826, and Mr Blackie came to visit the cousins and to take John home by the steamer from Leith to Aberdeen.
He hated Latin, and, alas ! Latin and Greek, with a little arithmetic and small doses of the weights and measures, made up the too solid educational diet of that famous place. Mr Wyld tried to rouse his boy's emulation by praising John Blackie's ardour for Latin, but Eobert refused to believe in it, till one day, hearing strange sounds which came through the open library window into the garden, he peered in to find his cousin, a thin little lad with sharp features, shouting out 1819. A HOLIDAY PASTIME.
It had done its perfect work, and that was to lead after many years to larger, truer views of the purposes of God. Already it had called him, with no uncertain sound, to stand aside from every folly which can betray the soul to the destroyer, and he tells us— They had not the slightest attraction for me. I was not happy; I was not wise; but I did not go astray after vanities. I grew up in the atmosphere of purity, which was a rich compensation for all the thorny theology which my morbid subjectiveness and my Calvinistic discipline had imported into it.
Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths by Stephen B. Oates