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Rebel Giants: The Revolutionary Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin / Edition 1
     

Rebel Giants: The Revolutionary Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin / Edition 1

by David R. Contosta
 

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ISBN-10: 1591026105

ISBN-13: 2901591026104

Pub. Date: 04/22/2008

Publisher: Prometheus Books

February 12, 2009, will mark the two hundredth anniversary of the births of two of the most extraordinary and influential men in recent history-Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. While the fact that these two men were born on the same day in the same year might seem to be a coincidence of interest only to astrologers, further investigation reveals many important

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February 12, 2009, will mark the two hundredth anniversary of the births of two of the most extraordinary and influential men in recent history-Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. While the fact that these two men were born on the same day in the same year might seem to be a coincidence of interest only to astrologers, further investigation reveals many important parallels in their lives.

David Contosta points out that despite obvious differences between the two men-one born to a poorly educated, impoverished family on the American frontier, the other to a wealthy and prominent English family; one largely self-taught, the other with a degree from Cambridge; one a politician seeking the crowd's approval, the other a reclusive scientist-there are striking similarities between these seemingly disparate individuals. Both Lincoln and Darwin: lost their mothers in childhood and later lost beloved children at young ages. had strained relations with their fathers. went through years of searching for a direction to their lives. struggled with religious doubt. were latter-day sons of the Enlightenment who elevated reason over religious revelation. suffered from severe bouts of depression. were ambitious as well as patient, with sure and steady mental powers rather than quick minds. possessed an excellent sense of pacing that allowed them to determine the optimal time for putting forth their ideas and leadership.

Contosta makes a compelling case that by studying the similarities (along with the differences) between these two giants of history, we are able to understand each man better than by examining their lives separately. This approach also affords many insights into the factors thatimpel special individuals to lead great paradigm shifts. Today, as American society still struggles to come to grips with the impact of racial integration and controversies over the teaching of evolution, it is more important than ever to understand how two nineteenth-century rebels with revolutionary ideas helped to shape the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901591026104
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
04/22/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
350

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     9
Introduction     13
Intersecting Worlds     21
Who and Where     53
Love and Work     85
Career and Family     125
Time and Place     159
Crisis and Revolution     187
Triumph and Torment     219
Afterlives     263
Legacies     297
Bibliography     335
Index     347

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