Why Lincoln Matters by Mario MCuomo

Former New York governor Mario Cuomo believes that Abraham Lincoln was a great president and that George W. Bush has so far proved a pretty bad one. Perhaps, Cuomo suggests, we can learn where and how the latter president went wrong by comparing his actions and ideas to those of the former.

Cuomo’s venture is an engaging and lively one, marked by a deep appreciation for, and familiarity with, the life and thought of our sixteenth president. “What appealed to me most about Lincoln was not his humble background,” Cuomo writes, “but his lucidity, the sureness of his logic, the cogency of his analysis, and the apparent reasonableness of his conclusions.” It is clear why it is Lincoln’s intellect more than his biography that appeals to Cuomo...

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About the Author

Alan Wolfe is director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College, and the author of Political Evil: What It Is and How to Combat It (Knopf).