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In his acclaimed book Lincoln's Virtues , William Lee Miller explored Abraham Lincoln's intellectual and moral development. Now he completes his "ethical biography," showing how the amiable and inexperienced backcountry politician was transformed by constitutional alchemy into an oath-bound head of state. Faced with a radical moral contradiction left by the nation's Founders, Lincoln struggled to find a balance between the universal ideals of Equality and Liberty and the monstrous injustice of human slavery. With wit and penetrating sensitivity, Miller brings together the great themes that have become Lincoln's legacy preserving the United States of America while ending the odious institution that corrupted the nation's meaning and illuminates his remarkable presidential combination: indomitable resolve and supreme magnanimity."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781400034161
ISBN-10: 1400034167
Format: Paperback / softback
(204mm x 139mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage
Publish Date: 6-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - William Lee Miller

William Lee Miller has taught at Yale University, Smith College, Indiana University, and the University of Virginia, where he is currently Miller Center of Public Affairs Scholar in Ethics and Institutions. He has been an editor and writer on a political magazine, a speechwriter, and a three-term alderman. He is the author of numerous books. Arguing About Slavery won the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on Congress.

Books By Author William Lee Miller

First Liberty by William Lee Miller

The First Liberty

Hardback, March 2003
Arguing about Slavery by William Lee Miller

Arguing about Slavery

Paperback / softback, January 1998