“The fruit of meticulous research on both sides of the Atlantic, this beautifully crafted, sensitive analysis offers intriguing and instructive insights into the numerous parallels and intersections between the life stories of two men who were to become the embodiment of their respective nations in all their contradictions.
In January 2009 Scotland will mark the 250th birthday of Robert Burns. Seventeen days later America will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. It is particularly fitting that these celebrations should be preceded by the publication of an engaging comparative study that breaks new ground in our understanding of the linkages between two complex and contradictory emblems of universal humanity.”
—Marjory Harper, University of Aberdeen, author of Adventurers and Exiles: The Great Scottish Exodus
“Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns is comparative history at its best.”
—Frank J. Williams, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, author of Judging Lincoln