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History 105 Fall 2015 Hieu Cong Nguyen Dr. Vaught Oates Paper.Abraham Lincoln, even though his time being the president was not as long as other greatPresidents of the United States, is considered one of the greatest. This fact is illustrated through hundreds of books and, stories written about him. Furthermore, within our childhood, we had been told myths about Lincoln as a Saint who came to this world to rescue the Slaves, unite the whole nation during the Civil War, contribute to the economic success and strengthen the federal government. On the other handperspective, within the book Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths, Stephen Oates has shown to the readers the reality about the life of their “mythical” Lincoln who was just a normal person like all the others. He made mistakes in life, he had his weaknesses but he was special in a way that he could create remarkable achievements. The book did not change our perception about Lincoln based on the myth but help the readers to understand the president deeper, since “myths were created to reveal our deepest longings as a people”. (Oates, 1984)On the Lincoln’s myth told by Carl Sandburg, Carl Sandburg describes Lincoln is describedas a boy who was born to be a Savior. He was simple, honest, ambitious, humorous and wise. During his childhood, Lincoln had to shuck corn from the early morning until the sundown so he could only read books under the light of a fire through the night. Different from the myth, Oates stated that although Lincoln is a book maniac, the boy actually read books in the field whenever he was away from work. Lincoln immersed himself in the language and the