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The Last Best Hope of Earth

The Last Best Hope of Earth

Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America

Mark E. Neely, Jr.

ISBN 9780674511262

Publication date: 03/05/1995

Mark E. Neely, Jr., gives us the first compact biography of Abraham Lincoln based on new scholarship. Neely, a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian, vividly recaptures the central place of politics in Lincoln’s life. Richly illustrated, nuanced and accessible, written with attention to the age in which Lincoln lived, yet ever alert to universal moral questions, this book provides a portrait of Lincoln as an extraordinary man in his own time and ours.


  • All of Neely’s strengths come into play here, not only his deep knowledge of Lincoln’s writings and positions but also his broader grasp of the issues and figures, both major and minor, of the period… In a time when the sense of America as a land of opportunity is being lost, when politicians are a despised class and when the American system itself is increasingly called into question, Abraham Lincoln still has much to say to us. Mark Neely’s book will help us to hear him.

    —David Traxel, New York Times Book Review


  • Mark E. Neely, Jr., is McCabe-Greer Professor of the History of the Civil War Era at Pennsylvania State University and the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties.

Book Details

  • 320 pages
  • 0-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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