President Lincoln

President Lincoln

The Duty of a Statesman

By William Lee Miller

Vintage, Paperback, 9781400034161, 512pp.

Publication Date: January 6, 2009

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.

About the Author
William Lee Miller, Scholar in Ethics and Institutions at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, is the author of Lincoln's Virtues: An Ethical Biography.

Praise For President Lincoln

“One of the best and most beautifully written accounts of the great man's years in the White House.” —The Washington Post “Superb. . . . Miller's portrait of Lincoln exhibits many familiar facets, but by isolating and judging him on that moral plane he shows how intelligence, humor, patience, and character can combine spectacularly.” —Chicago Sun-Times “Deserves to be placed alongside the masterpieces by David Herbert Donald, Merrill Peterson and Michael Burlingame. . . . Exceptional.” —The Sunday Star-Ledger “Splendid. . . . This rich and rewarding book should be enjoyed by all those interested in Lincoln or the presidency in general.” —BookPage