Lincoln's Mentors by Michael J. Gerhardt audiobook

Lincoln's Mentors: The Education of a Leader

By Michael J. Gerhardt
Read by James Lurie

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062877192

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781799948391

  • ISBN: 9781799948384

  • ISBN: 9781799948407

Runtime: 17.81 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A brilliant and novel examination of how Abraham Lincoln mastered the art of leadership, revealing how five men mentored an obscure lawyer with no executive experience to become America’s greatest president

“Gerhardt has devised an ingenious solution for demystifying America’s most enigmatic president: examining the key people who influenced Lincoln as he developed his own unique skills and leadership style.” –Russell L. Riley, UVA’s Miller Center

In 1849, when Abraham Lincoln returned to Springfield, Illinois, after two seemingly uninspiring years in the U.S. House of Representatives, his political career appeared all but finished. His sense of failure was so great that friends worried about his sanity. Yet within a decade, Lincoln would reenter politics, become a leader of the Republican Party, win the 1860 presidential election, and keep America together during its most perilous period. What accounted for the turnaround?

As Michael J. Gerhardt reveals, Lincoln’s reemergence followed the same path he had taken before, in which he read voraciously and learned from the successes, failures, oratory, and political maneuvering of a surprisingly diverse handful of men, some of whom he had never met but others of whom he knew intimately—Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, John Todd Stuart, and Orville Browning. From their experiences and his own, Lincoln learned valuable lessons on leadership, mastering party politics, campaigning, conventions, understanding and using executive power, managing a cabinet, speechwriting and oratory, and—what would become his most enduring legacy—developing policies and rhetoric to match a constitutional vision that spoke to the monumental challenges of his time.

Without these mentors, Abraham Lincoln would likely have remained a small-town lawyer—and without Lincoln, the United States as we know it may not have survived. This book tells the unique story of how Lincoln emerged from obscurity and learned how to lead.

 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Gerhardt shows that Lincoln’s genius was in borrowing selectively from the examples of his mentors…to become an unsurpassed original.” Russell L. Riley, cochair of the Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center

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Author

Author Bio: Michael J. Gerhardt

Author Bio: Michael J. Gerhardt

Michael J. Gerhardt is the Burton Craige Distinguished University Professor of Jurisprudence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has degrees from Yale University, London School of Economics, and the University of Chicago. His teaching and research focuses on constitutional conflicts between presidents and Congress. In 2015, he became the first legal scholar to be asked by the Library of Congress to serve as its principal adviser in revising the official annotation of the United States Constitution. He is a regular contributor to the Washington Post and a number of other publications, and has been interviewed by every major TV network and NPR.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 17.81
Audience: Adult
Language: English