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What Lincoln Believed: The Values and Convictions of America's Greatest President

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Countless books have been written about Abraham Lincoln, yet few historians and biographers have taken Lincoln seriously as a thinker or attempted to place him in the context of major intellectual traditions. In this refreshing, brilliantly argued portrait, Michael Lind examines the ideas and beliefs that guided Lincoln as a statesman and shaped the United States in its ti ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Anchor (first published 2005)
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Katherine
Sep 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs
Lincoln was an atheist. If you weren't already aware of this fact, then you should probably read this book. It's definitely an eye-opener into who Lincoln was. I'm not even so much a history buff but I really enjoyed it. And I think it's important that we understand as much about our presidents as possible. Plus it's like gossip and slightly addictive.
David Kent
Some readers will find What Lincoln Believed a well-researched analysis of Lincoln’s true beliefs, while others will be put off by apparent reinterpretation of historical knowledge. Lind clearly believes that Abraham Lincoln was a white supremacist and documents how he arrives at this conclusion. His documentation is not entirely persuasive, though he does provide enough research material to make those who have unrealistically idealized Lincoln more than a bit uncomfortable. Lind also calls Linc ...more
Scott
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you want to challenge your history lessons from high school and beyond this book will do it. The author builds a case that Lincoln and his contemporaries were more interested in preserving the Union than in freeing the slaves. The free slaves, according to the author were to be repatriated to Africa or set in colonies arround Central and South America.
matt sakaguchi
May 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
although Lincoln's legacy has left countless volumes of books out there, this one gives unique insight into (imho) our country's greatest president. letters and small stories provide the backdrop to some of the little things that made him tick. it goes well beyond the well known Gettysburg address and explores his friendships and struggles. a definite read for any Lincoln fan.
Converse
Explore's Lincoln's political thought: a believer in the universalist human rights of the Enlightenment, who made a distinction between innate rights and civil rights, who was a believer in repulican government, and a white supremecist who opposed slavery.
Pim Singhatiraj
Kind of dry but it's historiography. Good source to write an essay on, though.
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Currently Policy Director of the Economic Growth Program at the New America Foundation in Washington, Michael Lind has been an editor or staff writer for The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and The New Republic and writes frequently for The New York Times and the Financial Times. He is the author of more than a dozen books of history, political journalism, and fiction, including a poetry chapbook, ...more
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