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The Resource Lincoln unbound : how an ambitious young railsplitter saved the American dream-and how we can do it again, Rich Lowry

Lincoln unbound : how an ambitious young railsplitter saved the American dream-and how we can do it again, Rich Lowry

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Lincoln unbound : how an ambitious young railsplitter saved the American dream-and how we can do it again
Title
Lincoln unbound
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how an ambitious young railsplitter saved the American dream-and how we can do it again
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Rich Lowry
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eng
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Review
  • In this agenda-heavy history, Lowry examines the 16th president's life and political career in an effort to mobilize his story in service of furthering modern conservative values. The bulk of the book is light biography, told through potent and inspirational chapters of Lincoln's life: as a self-educated frontiersman, then a traveling lawyer, and finally superlative leader of the United States. Then comes Lowry's interpretation, which, while critical of both ends of the political spectrum, is generally right-leaning—unsurprising given his credentials as editor of the National Review and commentator for Fox News. Lowry's Lincoln is interested in maintaining an infrastructure that best allows the individual to pursue personal betterment via industriousness and self-motivation. His Honest Abe would be "delighted by the rise of Silicon Valley," would welcome immigrants, "probably favor drilling, mining, and fracking to the utmost," and vote "aye" for the disbanding of teachers' unions. This is a patriotic call to arms, one man's political beliefs aided by a dead president. Only problem is, Honest Abe can't contest. Agent: Keith Korman, Raines & Raines. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 29, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 17, p)
  • The editor of the National Review sketches the political character of our 16th president. Ever since his assassination and swift elevation to the pantheon of our greatest presidents, "getting right with Lincoln," in the memorable phrase of one historian, has been the business of our mainstream politicians. As they grope to align themselves with Lincoln's legacy, unembarrassed by any "ideological body snatching," much mischief ensues. To discover what Lincoln truly believed, Lowry (Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years, 2009, etc.) confines himself largely to Lincoln's pre-presidential career, explaining how the backwoods boy of little schooling and negligible property early on identified with the Whigs rather than the Jacksonian Democrats who captured so many of his similarly situated peers. The Rail-Splitter, he argues, is best understood not as a man of the axe but of the book, not so much by his origins as by his aspirations. For the deeply ambitious Lincoln, enhancing opportunity was the animating principle of his politics, and he committed himself to a program of uplift and improvement that offered the best chance for his fellow citizens to transcend their upbringings. Personally, Lincoln avoided most vices, and he preached and exemplified the habits of self-control, rationality and industriousness. Politically, he elevated the value of work, held property sacrosanct and looked to the Founding Fathers as a guide for renewing an American spirit gone flabby. Lowry sets out Lincoln's platform: enthusiastic support for economic growth, internal improvements, new technologies, education and a sound national banking system; a profound respect for our constitutional system and free institutions; and a refusal to engage in class warfare, to sentimentalize agrarianism or to denigrate achievement. Some readers are bound to accuse Lowry of nudging Lincoln into the author's own preferred categories of belief, but they'll be hard-pressed to find any violation of the historical record. A quick, smoothly readable account of Lincoln the political striver, the embodiment of the Declaration's "central idea…that every man can make himself."(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2013)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10175593
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Lowry, Rich
Dewey number
973.7092
Index
index present
LC call number
E457.2
LC item number
.L894 2013
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • American Dream
  • Free enterprise
  • Presidents
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how an ambitious young rail-splitter saved the American dream--and how we can do it again
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Lincoln unbound : how an ambitious young railsplitter saved the American dream-and how we can do it again, Rich Lowry
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : "an inestimable jewel" : Lincoln's America -- "An ambition that knew no rest" : young man on the make -- "The sober, industrious, thriving people" : a devoted Whig -- "The true system" : the genius of American capitalism -- "Our fathers" : the Lincoln-Douglas debates and the purpose of America -- "A great empire": Lincoln's vision realized -- "Work, work, work" : recovering the Lincoln ethic
Control code
958886
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 271 pages
Isbn
9780062123787
Lccn
2013017427
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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(Sirsi) i9780062123787
Label
Lincoln unbound : how an ambitious young railsplitter saved the American dream-and how we can do it again, Rich Lowry
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : "an inestimable jewel" : Lincoln's America -- "An ambition that knew no rest" : young man on the make -- "The sober, industrious, thriving people" : a devoted Whig -- "The true system" : the genius of American capitalism -- "Our fathers" : the Lincoln-Douglas debates and the purpose of America -- "A great empire": Lincoln's vision realized -- "Work, work, work" : recovering the Lincoln ethic
Control code
958886
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 271 pages
Isbn
9780062123787
Lccn
2013017427
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780062123787

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