The Last Best Hope of Earth by Mark E. Neely Jr.
Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America

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Mark E. Neely, Jr., gives us the first compact biography of Abraham Lincoln based on new scholarship. Neely, a Pulitzer prize-winning historian, vividly recaptures the central place of politics in Lincoln's life. Richly illustrated, nuanced and accessible, written with attention to the age in which Lincoln lived, yet ever alert to universal moral questions, this book provides a portrait of Lincoln as an extraordinary man in his own time and ours.


About Mark E. Neely Jr.

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About the Author: Mark E. Neely is Director of the Lincoln Museum, and is the author of The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia and coauthor of The Lincoln Image, and other books on the Civil War era.
Published October 1, 1993 by Harvard University Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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Elected President in 1860, Lincoln quickly took charge as commander-in-chief, making up for his lack of military expertise by keeping a firm hand on his generals while pressing them to take the initiative when appropriate.

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In the essay “Why I Am Not a Conservative,” Hayek noted that conservatism is a reactionary impulse that “by its very nature cannot offer an alternative to the direction in which we are moving.” At most, Hayek said, it might succeed in “slowing down undesirable developments.” Instead, Hayek pushe...

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