Cover

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Front matter

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiv

...strong egos of the men in his cabinet.” His example reveals “that in the hands of a truly great politician the qualities we generally associate with decency and morality—kindness, sensitivity, compassion, honesty, and empathy—can also be impressive political resources.” Granted that interpersonal skills and managerial...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xviii

...Bruce Frohnen; Lee Cheek; Tommy Kirk; Robbie and Rick Mortillaro— guitar craftsmen; Stephen Sfekas and Dean Mesologites—“The Greeks”; Amy Beu Hughes and the Hughes family; Dick, Dana, and Lisa Kieffer; Nicky Lueck Hastings...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-27

...the way for an interracial democracy. Though rare, this combination of theory and practice in politics is not unprecedented in Western history. One can point to the examples of Cicero, Thomas More, Edmund Burke, and the American...

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1. Wisdom

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pp. 28-54

...self-discipline, reflection, and learning. They were placed in the service of an honorable ambition that ministered to the common good. Lincoln was a supreme autodidact. With less than a year of formal schooling, he taught himself how to read...

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2. Prudence

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pp. 55-78

...laws, customs, and opinions. Prudence harmonizes universal principles of right reason with the particularities of time and place. The following chapter considers...

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3. Duty

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pp. 79-107

...highest elected official of the nation, the president swears a solemn oath “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” An evaluation of Lincoln’s...

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4. Magnanimity

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pp. 108-128

...of insight and guidance in his private and public life. Informed by the Bible’s teaching of servant leadership, humility, and higher purpose, Lincoln’s political...

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5. Rhetoric

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pp. 129-146

...moulds public sentiment, goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. He makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed.”...

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6. Patriotism

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pp. 147-166

...and leave one’s Country no better for the life of him that lived and died her child.” Such expressions of gratitude and service are characteristics of the true patriot. Unfortunately, modern efforts to uncover the subconscious springs of...

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Conclusion

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pp. 167-172

...helped carry him to the presidency. Indeed, humility was part and parcel of his greatness of soul or magnanimity. His humble recognition of the vast difference...

Notes

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pp. 173-204

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 205-212

Index

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pp. 213-218

Images

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pp. 219-230