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I am not much of a mystery reader, but it was chosen for my Book Club, so I read it. It was good, interesting. Of course, Agatha Christie's writing is amazing and the story keeps you wondering what will happen next. If you like mysteries and non-fiction, this is good.
If you like Agatha Christie mysteries, this one will please you. As usual there are interesting characters, very English, placed in quirky situations. Who done it? The psychological aspect draws in the reader and adds to the fun. But Ms Christie, while beloved by many, is old-fashioned and won't appeal to all. I adore her mysteries and watch PBS, too.
Where are the soldiers going? This small soldier found himself running in circles trying to solve the a lot of mysteries within a vastly entertaining story. I was so glad when it ended and I knew what was going on and so disappointed that it ended because I wanted to read more!
I saw the 1945 film when I was in grade school. I saw the film listing on Amazon Prime, and decided to watch it e ending was not quite as I remembered, so I bought the book for my Kindle. It has been years since I latest read a Christie mystery. It was worth the re-read. Christie is a master of the mystery and this is one of her best.If you haven't read one recently this is one to pick up.
This was the first Agatha Christie book I've read. I can see why she is so popular and popular! The plot is detailed and well thought out, yet she maintains a unbelievable simplicity. Brilliant. Very talented lady. I will read more of her books.
It's kind of like _'MO MONEY'_. But without the jokes. And the crime backdrop. So what we're left with without these elements is a rather empty shell of a film. Usually a huge huge fan of African American comedies of the 90's but yeah this was no winner. @#$%!ing soundtrack though.
I have read approximately 20 books about Lincoln and the Civil Battle era and can recommend this one very highly. It is well researched and referenced but the best feature is the linear narrative and writing style which is very reader friendly. It is a history book but is not written for historians only and I found it hard to place down even though I was aware of all the coming events. The treatment of Mary Lincoln was fair and accurate and the picture of "Lincoln's Generals" was both frustrating and vivid, generating fresh respect for Grant and Sherman. One does not need to have a history background to have fun this book and I recommend it to those who are digging into the Civil Battle era for the first time as well as those who are already well versed in the period. The references are voluminous and are unobtrusively placed at the end rather than footnoted or numbered in such a method as to interrupt with the flow of the narrative. Enjoy. I certainly did.
A superbly written deeper look at a lot of aspects of Lincoln's life...I've read a lot about him, but learned much more about his private interactions with a lot of friends, Cabinet members, military leaders, common folks and especially his wife, Mary. It is well documented but not encumbered by footnotes...using a unique section at the end of the book with in depth references, credits, etc. I really felt as if I were a silent onlooker as the story unfolded including its tragic ending. I was really taken but the thoughtful treatment of the slavery as a crucial part of all that went on in Lincoln's life.
It was a very amazing book but not an simple read. Obviously, one doesn't read a Lincoln biography to do a small light reading. Because of that, it took me several months to read it and at times I could only read about 15 mins before needing to place it down. The topic matter of course covered Lincoln's childhood and early life, his early career as a lawyer and politician, the political climate of the US leading up to the war, slavery, Lincoln's presidential campaign, the long, drawn-out war, the Emancipation Proclamation, the end of the battle and Lincoln's death. I'm worn out just typing that sentence!What strikes me most is that Lincoln wasn't even the best man for the job, necessarily. He wasn't an experienced politician, he wasn't a military man and he trusted some of those yahoos he had as generals too much. But Lincoln was the man in the job and he faced it head on. Other men who could have been president during that time would have caved when Lincoln stood firm. In the end he was the person who had to be there and aren't we all grateful he didn't run from that destiny.Oates' book is very fine and I recommend it. Just be sure to read something light on the side so you don't obtain too overwhelmed while tackling such dark topic matter.
I have read scores of books on Lincoln since I was about 9 years old. He was such an interesting and unusual man it is simple to see why there have been more books written about him than any man who ever lived! That by itself shows that there is much to him and even though he lived over 150 years ago his wonderful bonus with words lets him speak to every person is book goes over his life and the happenings in it as a lot of books have done before but the difference for me is that there are so a lot of small info and anecdotes about happenings that create them even more powerful, gives me a fresh method of understanding what Lincoln was facing and how he dealt with e opposition to the emancipation is shown in its a lot of aspects in a method that makes it clear how brave a move it was for Lincoln and how committed he was to getting rid of slavery. His growth as a man from a racist society to where he ended up is a testament to his ability to lead people. The North as well as the South were very hostile to blacks, slave or free. Lincoln, while he hated slavery, could not see how the two races could live together, even though he had no hatred for blacks at all, knew most whites did. Therefore he saw colonization, where blacks are settled in a put for just blacks in either Africa or the Caribbean or Central America,as the only reasonable solution. This was a famous notion in his day amongst others who hated slavery but could not see how blacks could live with so a lot of bigoted whites. However, Lincoln was for colonization only on a voluntary basis. No blacks would be forced to go. He thought that would be an simple task as the blacks were treated to horribly but whenever he broached the subject with blacks the overwhelming majority refused colonization. America was their country too. They wanted to reform it not leave it.Eventually Lincoln saw that colonization would not be viable and ended up asking for blacks to have full citizenship and even obtain the right to vote. When he announced that idea to a crowd outside the window of the White House John Wilkes Booth, in the crowd, decided in his racist mind that Lincoln had to be killed, and did so 3 days had respect for all people white or black, slave or slaveowner. He was, as was often mentioned, "a very not good hater." He was motivated by a need to see justice for all, all his life and slavery was the greatest, and to use his words "most monstrous injustice", ever and he struck it down when he knew he could lead the people to accept is book makes clear the wonderful challenges Lincoln faced with almost constant attacks on him by the democrats, much of the media, and some in his own party.Even the day after the Inaugural ball when he gets word that Fort Sumter required to be resupplied he has to immediately deal with the potential trigger to the civil War.His cabinet and military advisors are split as to what to do. Some say surrender the fort, its not worth me sayfight back. Lincoln has no military experience and is faced with a major challenge. He weighs the options, sends trusted mates to Charleston to tell him the potential reaction to different options and also if there is any pro Union sentiment that can be utilized. He had a view that the Secessionist were a minority of the people and that reason could yet obtain the South e notice came back that there was no pro Union sentiment. He then decided that since he had just told the people in his inaugural address that he would keep all Federal property and institutions he would do so. And if there was to be a Civil Battle the South would have to fire the first understood the motivator that would be for the North and also how that would create it harder for other Nations to help the South.Over and over in this book the challenges Lincoln faced are clarified, place in real context and detailed so as to better understand the genius of this most awesome man.
It's hard to believe Abraham Lincoln really lead the life he did. The man was literally born in the back woods. He taught himself to read, to practice law. He was swept into the politics of slavery and secession and found himself presiding over a country torn apart. He won that battle only to be killed just days after it ended.What I did not know before this book was how much Lincoln was despised during his own time. We all know the rebels hated him, but even among his own party he had a not good standing right until the end of the war. A lot of thought he should not even seek a second term. The man kept afloat in his life through so much strife. It makes the Civil Battle win followed by his death all the more bittersweet.Oates is an easy-to-read writer. His prose flows with lots of flowering descriptions to bring the scenes to life. This is unusual for a biography and probably results in some of the criticism from readers expecting more formal non-fiction writing. But for me it worked. The story hummed along with most scenes vivid and clear. At the end, I felt the sting of Lincoln's death, as if I had known the man personally. I could not stop thinking about it for days ide: The Kindle ver has a few glitches in the text. Nothing that kept me from enjoying the story, but you will message them.
I am thoroughly enjoying this biography of Lincoln, though the ending is foreknown. I am much more appreciative of the complexities of Lincoln, both private and political, and amazed at what a complex and deep human being he was. The writing is fluid and simple to follow. Deep ideas about our Union are explained in the context of our early political development. It is clear from this biography that Lincoln stood firmly with those espousing federal sovereignty over states' rights. Aahh.....the grace with which he expressed his ideas. Would that we had his perceptive eloquence today. Mr.Oates is a compelling and clear writer.
I am a retired history teacher and I read 'With Malice Toward None' when it was first published and loved it. As a matter of fact, my paperback edition is falling to pieces from re-readings and use and I am now buying the hardback edition. I used portions of the book with my 8th grade American History students and with my high school American History and Advanced Placement American Studies classes. It was a amazing introduction to Mr. Lincoln, I thought, and an simple and entertaining read according to my students. Mr. Oates has a flair for compelling drama. When the controversy arose over the text, I included the controversy in the discussion of the book with my AP students. I have read a lot of other fine books on Mr. Lincoln by Eric Foner, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and James M. McPherson (to name a few), but Stephen Oates' 'With Malice Toward None' is still my favorite, warts and all.
One of the better Lincoln biographies. It does the best job of giving perspective to the role of abolitionists relative to the Republican's anti-extension of slavery. In the same vein it gives a very understandable sense of the demise of the Whigs and the rise of the Republicans. While there are a lot of insightful views of Lincoln's life, I found myself noticing what was missing. I suspect this is more a matter of having read enough Lincoln, I wish to see everything in every book which is too high a standard to which to keep any l in all, this is very informative and I thoroughly enjoyed it - as I consumed it almost as if it were a suspense novel!
I'm fascinated with Abraham Lincoln. The author of this book gives not only the political side of Lincoln, but the a lot of facets of his life as a father, his life as a husband, his life as a friend, and his life as President. I feel as though I am truly looking through a "retroscope" and seeing the real Lincoln, almost as though I were walking in his shoes and romping with his children. I've read a lot of books about Lincoln, yet not like this one. What a compassionate man he was! I visit Washington, D.C. at least once a year and never miss standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial. I experience such a feeling of awe, almost as though he's looking down at me. Kudos to the author!!