Last Best Hope Of Earth

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$23.52
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$17.64
(Save 28%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 91%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (25) from $1.99   
  • New (7) from $9.99   
  • Used (18) from $1.99   

Overview


Mark E. Neely, Jr., gives us the first compact biography of Abraham Lincoln based on new scholarship. Neely, a Pulitzer prize-winning historian, vividly recaptures the central place of politics in Lincoln's life. Richly illustrated, nuanced and accessible, written with attention to the age in which Lincoln lived, yet ever alert to universal moral questions, this book provides a portrait of Lincoln as an extraordinary man in his own time and ours.

A a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian vividly recaptures the central place of politics in Lincoln's life. Richly illustrated and written with attention to the age in which Lincoln lived, yet ever alert to universal moral questions, this book provides a portrait of Lincoln as an extraordinary man in his own time and ours.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review

All of Neely's strengths come into play here, not only his deep knowledge of Lincoln's writings and positions but also his broader grasp of the issues and figures, both major and minor, of the period...In a time when the sense of America as a land of opportunity is being lost, when politicians are a despised class and when the American system itself is increasingly called into question, Abraham Lincoln still has much to say to us. Mark Neely's book will help us to hear him.
— David Traxel

Washington Post Book World

Neely knows a very great deal about Abraham Lincoln. Even better, he knows how to distill that knowledge for the benefit of the rest of us. The Last Best Hope of Earth is a wonderfully clear, wonderfully concise, wonderfully satisfying look at what Lincoln meant to the Civil War generation, and what he should mean to us.
— Stephen W. Sears

Chicago Tribune

Neely examines aspects of Lincoln's life that are most often summarized in a paragraph or two, or exiled to the footnotes. He treats them in depth, and the result is a portrait of Lincoln without the hagiography...Reading this book, it's almost possible to hear Lincoln's real voice, to see him walk into a room. That's no small accomplishment for a biography.
— Patrick Reardon

Canadian Review of American Studies

A brief Lincoln biography beautifully illustrated with material drawn from a notable exhibition of Lincolnalia at the Huntington Library. In this new work, Neely masterfully synthesizes avast amount of scholarship to provide a gracefully written introduction to Lincoln, with heavy emphasis on the presidential years.
— David L. Lightner

James A. Rawley
This tightly written and richly illustrated work is the best brief life of the sixteenth president.
New York Times Book Review - David Traxel
All of Neely's strengths come into play here, not only his deep knowledge of Lincoln's writings and positions but also his broader grasp of the issues and figures, both major and minor, of the period...In a time when the sense of America as a land of opportunity is being lost, when politicians are a despised class and when the American system itself is increasingly called into question, Abraham Lincoln still has much to say to us. Mark Neely's book will help us to hear him.
Washington Post Book World - Stephen W. Sears
Neely knows a very great deal about Abraham Lincoln. Even better, he knows how to distill that knowledge for the benefit of the rest of us. The Last Best Hope of Earth is a wonderfully clear, wonderfully concise, wonderfully satisfying look at what Lincoln meant to the Civil War generation, and what he should mean to us.
Chicago Tribune - Patrick Reardon
Neely examines aspects of Lincoln's life that are most often summarized in a paragraph or two, or exiled to the footnotes. He treats them in depth, and the result is a portrait of Lincoln without the hagiography...Reading this book, it's almost possible to hear Lincoln's real voice, to see him walk into a room. That's no small accomplishment for a biography.
Canadian Review of American Studies - David L. Lightner
A brief Lincoln biography beautifully illustrated with material drawn from a notable exhibition of Lincolnalia at the Huntington Library. In this new work, Neely masterfully synthesizes avast amount of scholarship to provide a gracefully written introduction to Lincoln, with heavy emphasis on the presidential years.
Chicago Tribune
Neely examines aspects of Lincoln's life that are most often summarized in a paragraph or two, or exiled to the footnotes. He treats them in depth, and the result is a portrait of Lincoln without the hagiography...Reading this book, it's almost possible to hear Lincoln's real voice, to see him walk into a room. That's no small accomplishment for a biography.
— Patrick Reardon
New York Times Book Review
All of Neely's strengths come into play here, not only his deep knowledge of Lincoln's writings and positions but also his broader grasp of the issues and figures, both major and minor, of the period...In a time when the sense of America as a land of opportunity is being lost, when politicians are a despised class and when the American system itself is increasingly called into question, Abraham Lincoln still has much to say to us. Mark Neely's book will help us to hear him.
— David Traxel
Washington Post Book World
Neely knows a very great deal about Abraham Lincoln. Even better, he knows how to distill that knowledge for the benefit of the rest of us. The Last Best Hope of Earth is a wonderfully clear, wonderfully concise, wonderfully satisfying look at what Lincoln meant to the Civil War generation, and what he should mean to us.
— Stephen W. Sears
Canadian Review of American Studies
A brief Lincoln biography beautifully illustrated with material drawn from a notable exhibition of Lincolnalia at the Huntington Library. In this new work, Neely masterfully synthesizes avast amount of scholarship to provide a gracefully written introduction to Lincoln, with heavy emphasis on the presidential years.
— David L. Lightner
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Shortly before issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared slaves free in the secessionist states, Abraham Lincoln gave assurances to the border states of an all-white society to come, whereby freed slaves would be shipped to South American colonies. Nevertheless, argues Neely in this succinct, brisk political biography, Lincoln generally took a determined moral stance against slavery, which he regarded as an evil. Winner of a Pulitzer for The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties , Neely here disputes critics who charge that Lincoln's security measures during the Civil War amounted to a dictatorship, even though, as he graphically acknowledges, tens of thousands of civilians were arrested and civil liberties were drastically curtailed. As commander-in-chief, opines Neely, Lincoln had no equal in American history in combining political vision with military strategy. Nearly 100 plates reproduce documents, posters, cartoons, letters, broadsides and rare photographs. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Relying on the writings and speeches of Lincoln, Neely ( The Fate of Liberty: Lincoln and Civil Liberties , OUP, 1991) has in effect composed a political biography. By using Lincoln's own words, he shows us the greatness, fears, and pettiness of the man. Intensely nationalistic, Lincoln had a strong faith in the Constitution and an intuitive understanding of our forefathers' ideas. Neely demonstrates Lincoln's grasp of military strategy, extension of presidential power, restrictions on civil liberties, and realization that the Constitution would survive during the Civil War. Like Donald E. Fehrenbacher's Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850s (1964), this work shows the complete evolution of Lincoln's thoughts, which were surprisingly modern regarding the rights of women and blacks. A stronger introduction would have strengthened this richly illustrated work. Recommended for scholars and informed lay readers.-- Richard Hedlund, Ashland Community Coll., Ky.
Stephen W. Sears
Meely knows a very great deal about Abraham Lincoln. Even better, he knows how to distill that knowledge for the benefit of the rest of us. The Last Best Hope of Earth is a wonderfully clear, wonderfully concise, wonderfully satisfying look at what Lincoln meant to the Civil War generation, and what he should mean to us.
Washington Post Book World
Patrick Reardon
Meely examines aspects of Lincoln's life that are most often summarized in a paragraph or two, or exiled to the footnotes. He treats them in depth, and the result is a portrait of Lincoln without that hagiography…Reading this book, it's almost possible to hear Lincoln's real voice, to see him walk into a room. That's no small accomplishment for a biography.
Chicago Tribune
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674511262
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark E. Neely, Jr., is McCabe-Greer Professor of the History of the Civil War Era, Pennsylvania State University, and the author of a number of books, including his Pulitzer prize-winning The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1. Peculiar Ambition

2. Republican Robe

3. Commander in Chief

4. Emancipation

5. A Free People Conduct a Long War

6. Politics as Usual

7. Fate

Notes

Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)