President Lincoln : the duty of a statesman / William Lee Miller

Author(s): Miller, William Lee
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Subjects: Political leadership--United States--Case studies
Command of troops--Case studies
Presidents--United States--Biography
United States--Politics and government--1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Moral and ethical aspects
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Military leadership
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Ethics
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st ed
Published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
LC Classification: E
Table of Contents: Pt. 1. Introduction: Honest Abe among the rulers 3
Pt. 2. A second introduction: Lincoln's nation among the nations 231
A conclusion: Abraham Lincoln among the immortals 417
Notes 425
Acknowledgments 471
Index 473
Notes: LCCN: 2007015677
ISBN: 9781400041039
ISBN: 1400041031
Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary: The American president has come to be the most powerful figure in the world--and in the nineteenth century, a great man held that office. Lincoln scholar Miller's new book closely examines that great man in that hugely important office, analyzing the commander in chief who coped with the profound moral dilemmas of America's bloodiest war. In this sequel to Lincoln's Virtues Miller completes his "ethical biography," showing the inexperienced backcountry politician transformed into a head of state, slapped from the first minute of his presidency by decisions of the utmost gravity and confronted by the radical moral contradiction left by the nation's Founders: universal ideals of Equality and Liberty and the monstrous injustice of slavery. Miller finds in this superb politician a remarkable presidential combination: an indomitable resolve, combined with the judgment that keeps it from being mindless stubbornness; and a supreme magnanimity, combined with the judgment that keeps it from being sentimentality.--From publisher description
Physical Description: ix, 497 p. ; 25 cm
OCLC Number: 123818207
ISBN/ISSN: 9781400041039
1400041031

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