The Education of a Leader
Custom House, 2021
Lincoln learned to be great by studying his chosen role models.
Abraham Lincoln lives in the common imagination as a political savant. However, his political success came about largely because he read avidly and selected and studied powerful role models including Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, John Todd Stuart and Orville Browning. Born in a log cabin, Lincoln received little formal education.A voracious reader, he turned to a chosen few leaders for guidance. By the time he won the presidential election in 1860, Lincoln –thanks in part to his mentors – had risen far above his humble beginnings.
About the Author
Michael Gerhardt is the Burton Craige Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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