"The book concentrates on Lincoln's political ideas. His speeches, messages, and letters were powerful and concise; they are of lasting theoretical interest and repay close attentive reading. Lincoln's words repay close interpretative reading because he was not always straightforward, and he was unusually complex. The book is about the meanings of his memorable words, especially his Second Inaugural address, and also considers those moments of truth that burst through Lincoln's political caution. In addition, the book takes ...
"The book concentrates on Lincoln's political ideas. His speeches, messages, and letters were powerful and concise; they are of lasting theoretical interest and repay close attentive reading. Lincoln's words repay close interpretative reading because he was not always straightforward, and he was unusually complex. The book is about the meanings of his memorable words, especially his Second Inaugural address, and also considers those moments of truth that burst through Lincoln's political caution. In addition, the book takes up Lincoln's troubled justification for unconstitutional constitutionalism, in his unprecedented suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, and examines some reservations toward the claimed military necessity for its justification. Always present in the background was the national crisis over slavery from 1850 to 1865. The book aims to show that Lincoln's success in achieving power came from a deliberate and at times artful moderation"--Provided by publisher.
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256 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. HISTORY. One of the most influential philosophers of liberalism turns his attention to the complexity of Lincoln's political thought. At the center of Lincoln's career is an intense passion for equality, a passion that runs so deep in the speeches, messages, and letters that it has the force of religious conviction for Lincoln. George Kateb examines these writings to reveal that this passion explains Lincoln's reverence for both the Constitution and the Union. The abolition of slavery was not originally a tenet of Lincoln's political religion. He affirmed almost to the end of his life that the preservation of the Union was more important than ending slavery. This attitude was consistent with his judgment that at the founding, the agreement to incorporate slaveholding into the Constitution, and thus secure a Constitution, was more vital to the cause of equality than struggling to keep slavery out of the new nation. In Kateb's reading, Lincoln destroys the Constitution twice, by suspending it as a wartime measure and then by enacting the Thirteenth Amendment to abolish slavery. The first instance was an effort to save the Constitution; the second was an effort to transform it, by making it answer the Declaration's promises of equality. The man who emerges in Kateb's account proves himself adequate to the most terrible political situation in American history. Lincoln's political life, however, illustrates the unsettling truth that in democratic politics&emdash; perhaps in all politics&emdash; it is nearly impossible to do the right thing for the right reasons, honestly stated. George Kateb is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Emeritus, at Princeton University. "Unforgiving and original."&emdash; David Bromwich, Reuters "An erudite work that gently unravels the great man's distortions and political expediency… The book is compelling throughout."&emdash; Kirkus Reviews "I have read quite a few Lincoln books over the past few years, and Lincoln's Political Thought is the most enjoyable. For those who know Kateb's work&emdash; and I have been a fan of his for a long time&emdash; all of his characteristic flourishes are here on display."&emdash; Steven Smith, editor of The Writings of Abraham Lincoln "Kateb is the most interesting and important philosopher of liberalism alive today, and whatever he says is worth thinking about. Although I disagree, sometimes heatedly, with many of the arguments here, it's also a book I'm going to continue to think about, a book I'm going to have with me for a very long time."&emdash; John Burt, author of Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism (Key Words: George Kateb, United States History, United States Civil War, Abraham Lincoln).
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