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4.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 5 4.07 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Lee Miller Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781400176397
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The American president has come to be the most powerful figure in the world—and back in the nineteenth century, a great man held that office. William Lee Miller's new book closely examines that great man in that hugely important office: Abraham Lincoln as president. Wars waged by American presidents have come to be pivotal historical events. Here Miller analyzes the commander in chief who coped with the profound moral dilemmas of America's bloodiest war. In his acclaimed book Lincoln's Virtues, Miller explored Abraham Lincoln's intellectual and moral development. Now he completes his "ethical biography," showing the amiable and inexperienced backcountry politician transformed by constitutional alchemy into an oath-bound head of state, slapped in the face from the first minute of his presidency by decisions of the utmost gravity and confronted by the radical moral contradiction left by the nation's Founders: universal ideals of Equality and Liberty and the monstrous injustice of human slavery. With wit and penetrating sensitivity, Miller shows us a Lincoln with unusual intellectual power, as he brings together the great themes that will be his legend—preserving the United States of America while ending the odious institution that corrupted the nation's meaning. Miller finds in this superb politician a remarkable presidential combination: an indomitable resolve, combined with the judgment that keeps it from being mindless stubbornness; and a supreme magnanimity, combined with the discriminating judgment that keeps it from being sentimentality. Here is the realistic war leader persisting after multiple defeats, pressing his generals to take the battle to the enemy, insisting that the objective was the destruction of Lee's army and not the capture of territory, saying that breath alone kills no rebels, remarking that he regretted war does not admit of holy days, asking whether one could believe that he would strike lighter blows rather than heavier ones or leave any card unplayed. And here is the pardoner, finding every excuse to keep from shooting the simple soldier boy who deserts. Here too is the eloquent leader who describes the national task in matchless prose and who rises above vindictiveness and triumphalism as he guides the nation to a new birth of freedom. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Miller has given us one of the most insightful accounts of Lincoln published in recent years.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • One of the most insightful accounts of Lincoln published in recent years. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “Miller shows Lincoln’s dedication to his oath…praiseworthy of Lincoln as diplomat and commander-in-chief, Miller’s examination will hearten Lincoln admirers everywhere.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 9/9/2013

    " Excellent analysis of Lincoln's words and actions (more about his words, however) as President. Does a particuarly nice job of analyzing his inaugural addresses and many of his thoughts about slavery and the Civil War. A little scholarly at times but very thought-provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Wasserstrom | 9/5/2013

    " Excellent, but not as tight as Lincoln's Virtues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bernadette | 7/27/2013

    " Thoughtful study on how Lincoln approached the duties of his office and of how he allowed or did not allow his personal ethics to impact his decisions and actions in office. If only we had leaders today with the same moral integrity and political acumen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Mackie | 3/20/2013

    " Miller is a very elegant writer. His "The Duty of a Statesman" is a beautiful book to read and it provides a very strong insight into Lincoln strength. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/27/2012

    " A very good book about the decisions President Lincoln had to make as the commander-in-chief of the country and as a human being. Very insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayla Bassham | 10/18/2012

    " Highly readable study of Lincoln's presidency. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Lincoln's use of the pardon power. His handling of McClellan was also highly interesting, to say the least. Very different from Obama and McChrystal! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Horan | 9/13/2012

    " This is a fascinating examination of President Lincoln's personal moral code and how that morality shaped the major decisions and dilemmas of his presidency. After reading this, you'll know why Lincoln was not only our nation's greatest president, but one of its greatest human beings period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melodee | 5/20/2011

    " This is a great book that chronicles the many decisions made by Lincoln during his term in office. It is a good reference for Lincolnophiles. I recommend it highly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayla | 1/11/2011

    " Highly readable study of Lincoln's presidency. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Lincoln's use of the pardon power. His handling of McClellan was also highly interesting, to say the least. Very different from Obama and McChrystal! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melodee | 7/18/2009

    " This is a great book that chronicles the many decisions made by Lincoln during his term in office. It is a good reference for Lincolnophiles. I recommend it highly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 7/15/2009

    " Just another good Lincoln book. It wouldn't be the first one I would recommend, but if you've already read Team of Rivals, it's a good next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 4/6/2009

    " Excellent analysis of Lincoln's words and actions (more about his words, however) as President. Does a particuarly nice job of analyzing his inaugural addresses and many of his thoughts about slavery and the Civil War. A little scholarly at times but very thought-provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bernadette | 3/25/2009

    " Thoughtful study on how Lincoln approached the duties of his office and of how he allowed or did not allow his personal ethics to impact his decisions and actions in office. If only we had leaders today with the same moral integrity and political acumen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/1/2008

    " A very good book about the decisions President Lincoln had to make as the commander-in-chief of the country and as a human being. Very insightful. "

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About the Author
Author William Lee Miller

William Lee Miller, scholar in ethics and institutions at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, has taught at Yale, Smith College, and Indiana University. His previous books include Arguing About Slavery, Lincoln’s Virtues, and President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.