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Lincoln's Political Thought

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$40.00 • £32.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674368163

Publication Date: 02/02/2015

Academic Trade

256 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches


It is a delicate moral exercise, Kateb’s attempt to affirm Lincoln’s greatness while nonetheless chastening our idolatry and leaving us with a troubling image of ourselves. There are few writers since Emerson who have even attempted this sort of thing, let alone succeeded at it… Kateb refuses to simplify. The words in his book both bleed and provoke; his double-edged honesty cuts repeatedly against his own druthers, as he says what idolaters and debunkers alike wish not to hear… George Kateb has added a splendid and bracing chapter to [Emerson’s] Representative Men.—Jeffrey Stout, Commonweal

Unforgiving and original.—David Bromwich, Reuters

An erudite work that gently unravels the great man’s distortions and political expediency… The book is compelling throughout.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—and I have been a fan of his for a long time—all of his characteristic flourishes are here on display.—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.—John Burt, author of Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism

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