"Phillips has a gift for making 19th-century history relevant for the 21st century . . . a marvelous way to think about our current policy woes." —Douglas Brinkley, New York Times-bestselling author of American Moonshot
How can President Lincoln's wisdom be applied to the most pressing conflicts of modern-day America? With a fresh and perceptive reading of Lincoln's own writings and speeches, bestselling author Donald T. Phillips reveals how America's sixteenth president handled many of the same national dilemmas we face today. Looking to his exemplary leadership of a fractured nation, Phillips offers a deeply relevant analysis of how Lincoln's example could help forge solutions to the many issues and divisions challenging our country now.
"[An] intelligent and often moving look at one of the nation's greatest presidents . . . Using his extensive knowledge of Lincoln, Phillips makes convincing cases throughout for what the nineteenth-century statesman's opinion would be on a wide array of issues faced by the twenty-first-century United States, including climate change, torture, immigration, and equal pay for women. For readers who find present-day politics almost too much to contemplate, Phillips's closing vision of Lincoln witnessing the 'current state of affairs' will be especially poignant and bittersweet." —Publishers Weekly