“From a lifetime of studying Abraham Lincoln, Frank Williams has distilled an analysis of the qualities of courage and leadership that marked America’s sixteenth president as a genuine hero. This book offers a sensitive appreciation of Lincoln’s character.”—James McPherson, author of Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief
“We all need heroes in these perilous times, and Frank Williams reminds us of what a good political biography once was—concise, anecdotal, revealing, commanding and reminiscent—minus the drawbacks of hagiography. Abraham Lincoln comes alive in this vivid introduction to the sixteenth president’s legal mind and career, and reminds readers of his flaws and achievements as a politician and wartime president. And, as always, Williams never stints on his insistence concerning the lessons Lincoln’s legacy offers us today.”—Catherine Clinton, Queen's University Belfast
“Frank Williams has done serious Lincoln scholars and Lincoln admirers in general a great service. He has thought carefully and systematically about what the term ‘hero’ means, and he has applied his trademark skills as an analyst and Lincoln expert to investigating how the theme of heroic behavior worked itself out in Lincoln’s life and career. As a result, this book is a valuable resource, well argued and written.”—Brian Dirck, author of Lincoln the Lawyer
About the Author
Frank J. Williams, retired chief justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and a well-known expert on Abraham Lincoln, is the founding chair of the Lincoln Forum and a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including Judging Lincoln, The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views, and Lincoln Lessons: Reflections on America’s Greatest Leader.