Abraham Lincoln

  • by Allen C. Guelzo
  • Narrated by Edward Lewis
  • 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This unique intellectual portrait explores the role of ideas in Lincoln’s life. Guelzo presents Lincoln as a serious thinker deeply involved in the problems of 19th-century thought, including those of classical liberalism, the Lockean Enlightenment, Victorian unbelief, and Calvinist spirituality. Lincoln emerges as a philosophical man who appropriates certain religious values without adhering to any religion, who insists on the pre-eminence of self-interest in spite of becoming the Great Emancipator, and who appeals to natural law and natural theology in politics while remaining a classical 19th-century liberal in principle. Based on primary materials from a wide variety of archives, this insightful work sheds light on the intellectual conflicts that led to civil war and that still influence today’s “culture wars.”

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“Out of the countless volumes written about our 16th president, [this] ranks quite simply among the best.” (Wall Street Journal)

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.