What Lincoln Believed by Michael Lind
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 time of great crisis.In a century in which revolutions against monarchy and dictatorship in Europe and Latin America had failed, Lincoln believed that liberal democracy must be defended for the good of the world. During an age in which many argued that only whites were capable of republican government, Lincoln insisted on the universality of human rights and the potential for democracy everywhere. Yet he also held many of the prejudices of his time; his opposition to slavery was rooted in his allegiance to the ideals of the American Revolution, not support for racial equality. Challenging popular myths and capturing Lincoln’s strengths and flaws, Lind offers fascinating and revelatory insights that deepen our understanding of this great and complicated man.

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About Michael Lind

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Michael Lind is Policy Director of New America's Economic Growth Program and a co-founder of the New America Foundation. His first three books of political journalism and history-The Next American Nation: The New Nationalism and the Fourth American Revolution; Up From Conservatism: Why the Right Is Wrong for America; and Vietnam: The Necessary War-were all selected as New York Times Notable Books. He is also the co-author of The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics (with Ted Halstead). Mr. Lind has taught at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins and writes frequently for the Financial Times, the New York Times, Democracy Journal, and other publications. He has appeared on C-SPAN, National Public Radio, CNN, the Business News Network, The Newshour, and other programs, and he has a weekly column in Salon Magazine. He lives in WHERE?
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 370 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, War. Non-fiction

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Michael Lind says Lincoln cared less about slavery or populism than he did about encouraging democracy.

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