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This is not a throwaway book of gossip meant to titillate. And it is not a far-fetched charade or weak stretch of the imagination. It is a brilliant weaving of pertinent historical facts of Lincoln and Obama, juxtaposed, in a most readable style. If you've read Griessman's popular newsletter, The Achievement Digest, you'll recognize his personal, revelatory style. As in the newsletter, Griessman uses his own poetry and quotes when appropriate. He opens the book with these words:
"A nation that does not know its past is ignorant.
A nation that lives in its past is asleep.
A nation that does not learn from its past is in danger.
His writing packs a punch but is not bombastic or preachy. He respects the reader and his material and it shows. This book seems a natural corollary of one of Griessman's earlier books, The Words Lincoln Lived By. There Griessman takes the reader into the world of Lincoln's guiding principles. Few of us can be historical researchers or writers like Gene Griessman. But in Lincoln And Obama, Griessman makes us think we could, as he takes us on an adventurous discovery of our past and opens our eyes to the present, through the words and actions of two extraordinary American presidents.
This is a joyous read for all Americans.
We are frequently overwhelmed with the popular culture images of Lincoln as a faultless god of virtue and, depending on your political bent, we see Obama portrayed as the greatest statesman of our generation or as the very devil himself. Of course these images are overly simplistic - both Obama and Lincoln are complex men driven by their sense of right and wrong, controlled by the situations of their times and by the demons that may be inside them. Dr. Griessman's book makes both the surface comparisons and then dives deep into the inner workings of each man to give the reader a rich and vivid picture of the similarities and the differences.
Lincoln and Obama is a very readable book. It can be picked up and enjoyed at any point but its strength is that, as a total, it shows us how these two men are cut from similar cloth - the fabric of great yet complex leaders.
In some matters it's better to cut to the chase -
This is a fun, insightful book and I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't benefit from reading it.
Here's why: certain people have a gift for insight in specific areas. One person goes to a symphony concert and hears nuances that the person beside them completely misses. Another has the gift of taste, and can discern flavors and subtleties that elude most of us.
Gene Greissman is the Pavarotti of Political observation.
He displays a gift for artfully seeing patterns and similarities between two great leaders. As he does, it deepens our understanding of our government, and of what it takes to be the President of the United States.
Read this book, and I'd suggest reading it now - the time between now and the election will be a different experience for you as a result.
I highly recommend that this book take a prominent position in your home library and that you buy a copy as a gift for a friend. This is not a dry rendition of history, but a vibrant and timely account of the lives of two of our most influential presidents.
Robert W. English
Saratoga Springs, NY
This is an easy to read and historically significant book, and Dr. Griessman does an impressive job of sharing fascinating stories to illustrate their similarities. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy!