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By Stephen B. Oates

“There is not any higher creation to present considering 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 significant other to his seminal Lincoln biography With Malice towards None. Exploring the advanced mythology surrounding the 16th President, together with iconic photographs of Lincoln as sincere Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the good Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln: the fellow at the back of The Myths bargains a penetrating examine Lincoln’s existence and impression, indispensible for any pupil of serious management, the Civil struggle, and American historical past.

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He appears in a family photo album, a slender figure with straight fair hair, wearing the black shirt that schoolboys were obliged to wear during the Fascist period. When he was eleven, during the three months' endless summer holidays in the country, Primo fell in love with a nine-year-old girl named Lidia, but was too shy to say so. In the hope of winning favour, he gave her stamps for her collection, which he had encouraged her to start, and also helped with her holiday homework. Lidia was not pretty, and she loved to tell the story of her tonsil operation, which gave Primo the shivers.

He was convinced that truth lay in the sciences, that they "smelled good," whereas history and literary criticism "smelled foul," as he put it in his talks with Tullio Regge. At the age of fourteen, Primo decided that he was going to be a chemist. Ingegnere Levi most certainly wanted his son to follow a scientific career, and 30 A Jewish Childhood in this field at least he was a happy father. In chemistry, Primo not only sought the key to unlock the universe — "the why of things," as he told Tullio Regge.

Vera Marconi still lives in Turin and remembers Primo as a walking companion and doubles partner, but not as an admirer. In another photo taken on the same day at a small hotel called The Seven Springs in Valle Stretta, Primo, who is wearing climbing boots and is still standing next to Vera, is masking his face behind the strings of his racket. Vera's and Primo's parents were friends, and lived in the same district. Their mothers used to meet when they went shopping in the Corso Sommeiller, Via Massena, Via Goberti, and Via San Secondo.

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