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Whoever makes two ears of corn, or two blades of grass to grow where only one grew before, deserves better of mankind, and does more essential service to his country than the whole race of politicians put together… Jonathan Swift

Following the bibliographical data and description we have reproduced the publisher’s comments in their entirety.

If the reader suspects that the publisher is gushing a little too effusively, like a debutante who has had too much cheap champagne – laced with gin, then the reader is more than perceptive. Unfortunately actually reading the book creates the impression that the publisher and the author must have shared the same bottle for there is no trace of objectivity just more of the captain, oh my captain, hurrahs.

Consider for a moment a phrase like, he turned to the churches, to their humanitarian agencies, used in the context of a Reagan or a Bush. It would be quickly followed with a sound condemnation of how they had drained the very lifeblood of some welfare bureaucracy and driven the poor to the streets in search of solace.

Abraham Lincoln created the modern American nation by destroying the founder’s American republic and the means of doing this was to build the transcontinental railroad and provide for the settling of the west through the Homestead Act. Starting a war with the ostensible purpose of ending slavery may have been an extra-judicial means to an end but it was neither his purpose nor his accomplishment.

Bennet Cerf once opined that the three types of books that sold were books about Lincoln, books about cooking and books about dogs. He supposed that a book about Lincoln’s cook’s dog would be a bestseller. It would certainly be more informative than this offering.

Lincoln : a life of purpose and power New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006 Richard Carwardine Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Hardcover. Originally published: London : Pearson Education, 2003. 1st American ed., later printing. xv, 394 p.: ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [327]-360) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

An original and deeply insightful biography of Abraham Lincoln, already awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize.

As a defender of national unity, a leader in war, and the emancipator of slaves, Abraham Lincoln lays ample claim to being the greatest of our presidents. But the story of his rise to greatness is as complex as it is compelling. In this superb biography, the highly regarded Oxford University historian Richard Carwardine examines Lincoln both in his dramatic political journey and in his nation-shaping White House years.

Through his groundbreaking research, Carwardine probes the sources of Lincoln’s moral and political philosophy. We see how, while pursuing office, Lincoln drew strength from public opinion and the machinery of his party. We see him, as a wartime president, recognizing the limits as well as the possibilities of power, and the necessity of looking for support beyond his own administration. We see how he turned to the churches, to their humanitarian agencies, and to the volunteer Union Army for allies in his struggle to end slavery.

In illuminating the political talents that went hand in hand with large and serious moral purpose, Carwardine gives us a fresh, important portrait of the incomparable Abraham Lincoln.

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