The Mind and Art of Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman

The Mind and Art of Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman : Texts and Interpretations of Twenty Great Speeches

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By analyzing many of Lincoln's most important speeches, The Mind and Art of Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman shows him to be a profound and systematic thinker who tries to get at the root of issues, not all of them strictly political. Lowenthal emphasizes Lincoln's manner of writing, which enables him to conceal his most radical thoughts, and pays special attention to the reasoning and artfulness with which he treats a wide variety of subjects. The book follows Lincoln from his Perpetuation or Lyceum address in 1838 to his last speech just after Lee's surrender, as he confronts the great issues of the day and lays out the fundamentals of American politics. Along the way, Lowenthal's careful analysis frees Lincoln of the charge of racial prejudice with which he has been saddled in recent years.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 296 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • 0739171275
  • 9780739171271

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The greatness of Lincoln is here analyzed with exceeding care, and confirmed, in David Lowenthal's searching examination of Lincoln's words and arguments. This is a splendid effort and display of political philosophy, offering new matter for appreciation and showing how Lincoln's thoughtfulness was the crown of all his great qualities.--Harvey Mansfield, professor of government, Harvard Universityshow more

About Abraham Lincoln

David Lowenthal is professor emeritus of political science at Boston College.show more