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Publishers WeeklyAcord, an editor, journalist and Lincoln enthusiast, has produced a delightful little book whose jokey title doesn't do credit to the careful historical research within, including dozens of Lincoln's letters in part and in whole. Acord cleverly turns Lincoln's words into lessons on dealing with coworkers and demanding bosses, telling friends "no," facing critics and responding to rumors, always carefully explaining Lincoln's winning strategies. A beguiling writer as well as an embattled president, the Great Emancipator's wit and patience served him well, whether writing to friend, foe, relative or underling. For example, his letter to political associate William Butler begins, "You were in an ill-humor when you wrote that letter, and, no doubt, intended that I should be thrown into one also; which, however, I respectfully decline being done." Also included is Lincoln's letter of advice to young lawyers, written in 1850, which famously closes, "if, in your own judgment, you can not be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer." Such good advice is just one gem to be found in this practical and Presidential handbook.
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