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written by Stephen Oates in 1984, slightly less than 200 pages.

Interesting short book on Lincoln. Most of the book covers New Salem till his death. Interesting short chapter on Stanton and the movie/book The Lincoln Conspiracy. Oates makes a sound argument against the "Stanton was involved in Lincoln's assassination" theory. He did make an interesting comment that Mart Surratt was probably innocent.

Also good chapters on the three phases of plans for reconstruction, Lincoln's impossible dilemma" on slavery, Lincoln's management of the military, and Mary Lincoln. Her health and her problems in dealing with her grief are mentioned as well as her conflicts with Herndon's lectures and book.

A good short read on many of the challenges Lincoln faced.

Several good used copies are available on Amazon, as well as customer reviews.
https://www.amazon.com/Abraham-Lincoln-m...255&sr=8-6
Thanks, Gene. I read "With Malice Toward None" by this author, years ago, but haven't read this. Will do so. Thanks.

Just an aside in case anyone's looking for an inexpensive place to get used books. I get all mine from secondsale on ebay, usually 4 dollars or so and free shipping.
(08-20-2023 11:37 AM)Dave B Wrote: [ -> ]Just an aside in case anyone's looking for an inexpensive place to get used books. I get all mine from secondsale on ebay, usually 4 dollars or so and free shipping.

Thanks for that tip on used books.
Gene--secondsale has a standing offer. Buy 3, get 1 additional book free.
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