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Rochester Institute of Technology
Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty

Philosopher Statesman:

Exploring Abraham Lincoln’s Political Brilliance

In this wonderfully concise work on the politics of Lincoln, Joseph R. Fornieri performs to perfection the task of laying out the lines of Lincoln's politics, not only for his time but also in terms of the seven classical characteristics that make for 'greatness of soul.' Put away the treacly little handbooks that promise to deliver Lincoln's 'leadership secrets' - here is the real stuff of Lincoln's statesmanship."– Allen C. Guelzo, author of Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction

"By bringing the insights of political philosophy to bear on the study of Abraham Lincoln, Fornieri enriches our understanding of what made the sixteenth president not only a great politician but also a great statesman. Rejecting the cynical notion that a seasoned political operator cannot also be a principled idealist, Fornieri shows that what made Lincoln great was that he was both. Clearly written and passionately argued, this is a book from which scholars can learn but that general readers can enjoy.” – James Oakes, author of Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States

"Viewing Lincoln through the lens of political philosophy, Fornieri convincingly shows how the sixteenth president piloted the ship of state prudently between the Scylla of utopian perfectionism and the Charybdis of mere cynical shrewdness." – Michael Burlingame, Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, University of Illinois Springfield