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Character Counts: Leadership Qualities in Washington, Wilberforce, Lincoln, Solzhenitsyn

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Presents stories of four public figures who displayed strength of character in the face of adversity, enabling them to change the world.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Baker Publishing Group (MI)
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Cheryl Durham
Os Guinness is one of my favorite authors. His insights into the culture are profound yet somewhat obvious for the thinking person. Perhaps it is the lack of character and critical thinking skills so apparent in the current pop culture that makes this book yet relevant, however, I believe it is a message that can be reiterated in every culture in order to avoid the consequences of George Santayana’s warning to people who forget the past. It is to that end that I write this review.

In his Introduc
Barry Davis
Feb 16, 2016 Barry Davis rated it really liked it
Subtitled “Leadership Qualities in Washington, Wilberforce, Lincoln and Solzhenitsyn,” this remarkable book combines biographical data and each individual’s own words to demonstrate the significant of character and resolve in the face of adversity. After an introduction to the nature and significance of true character by the editor, the four chapters briefly recount the background and then the stories of these extraordinary men from diverse walks of life and how they rose to the challenges befor ...more
Philip Meinel
Apr 10, 2013 Philip Meinel rated it liked it
There is something different that makes these men stand out in history, a key behind their greatness. Character. What is character? I enjoyed gaining insight into character as I read about these men. I felt challenged to live a similar life of purpose. Do I have any of the same qualities? Would my friends describe me as having the same honorable and inspiring traits as these men? What example am I setting for my children? Who are our admirable leaders today?

The natural state of things is deteri
Dec 28, 2015 Vicki rated it did not like it
I see what the author was trying to do here, but it just didn't work for me. I felt like it was a rant about how people these days have no character which as a decent human being and teacher I already disagree with. But then the argument seemed to be you need religion to have character as well as being an old, white guy. I learned a few things about these historical figures, but those are the only good points to this book.
Kirk Ash
Mar 15, 2016 Kirk Ash rated it liked it
I'm a huge fan of history. And I really enjoy how this book demonstrated the level of integrity held by the people researched. I especially enjoyed the account William Wilberforce. My issue though, it seems the author draws a very definite comparison to men of character and a firm belief in the Christian God. In a way discounting the possibility that people without faith could be of strong moral fibre and character. I found that troubling.

I give it 3 stars.
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Os Guinness (D.Phil., Oxford) is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth and The Case for Civility. A frequent speaker and prominent social critic, he was the founder of the Trinity Forum and has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies. He lives near Washi ...more
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