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message 1: by John and Kris (new)

John and Kris Thank you for that wonderful conclusion. Just when you think you’ve heard every Michael Jackson and Abraham Lincoln story...


message 2: by Miriam (new)

Miriam treatises put out by university presses about some guy who did something long ago that doesn't really matter anymore

May I recommend The Liberal Education of Charles Eliot Norton?


message 3: by Matt (new)

Matt Miriam wrote: "treatises put out by university presses about some guy who did something long ago that doesn't really matter anymore

May I recommend The Liberal Education of Charles Eliot Norton?"


Yes! I like it! Now I just need an ostentatious place where everyone can see me reading it...


message 4: by Miriam (new)

Miriam I recommend a bookstore cafe, in order to avoid paying for the tome.


message 5: by Josh (new)

Josh Good review, of course. I appreciate your strike against the "team of rivals" premise, as it didn't work so well for Lincoln and doesn't appear to be the best of ideas for constructing a team. But, I'd challenge you to reconsider the merits of Alaska, a truly marvelous place that is probably greater than the sum of its recent political output.


message 6: by Matt (new)

Matt Josh wrote: "Good review, of course. I appreciate your strike against the "team of rivals" premise, as it didn't work so well for Lincoln and doesn't appear to be the best of ideas for constructing a team. But,..."

You're not the first person to take me to task for the Alaska comment. I wrote this so long ago, I struggle to recall what I was thinking, but I'm pretty sure it was the wake of a certain presidential election that involved a certain Alaskan.

I think I was bridling at the exceptionalism that was being displayed, and the notion that Alaska was somehow better off without the Republic. At the time, though, it was receiving the highest per-capita return on tax dollars in the Union, and everyone was still talking about the Bridge to Nowhere boondoggle.

With regards to its natural beauties, outdoor ethos, and scenic grandeur, I am already a fan (and an avid watcher of Deadliest Catch and Alaska State Troopers.


message 7: by Alex (new)

Alex Marshall A most enjoyable review--thank you. The T of R thing though -- isn't it part of her case that Abe picked his cabinet to reflect not only individual abilities but factions and tendencies in the country? Wasn't it part of great juggling act to keep Chase even though he knew Chase was undermining him with Congress? To keep Stanton even though Stanton thought he was a clown? That the nearest point the North came to breaking apart was the draft riots in New York is a tribute to his genius. I think she makes her case, and makes it very well.


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