Lincoln's Mentors: The Education of a Leader
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About the Author
Michael J. Gerhardt is the Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law and the Director of the UNC Center on Law and Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has degrees from Yale University (BA), London School of Economics (M.Sc.) and the University of Chicago (JD). He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife Deborah and their three sons Ben, Daniel, and Noah > is the Burton Craige Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of North Carolina. His teaching and research focusses on constitutional conflicts between presidents and Congress. In 2015, he became the first legal scholar to be asked by the Library of Congress to serve as its principal adviser in revising the official annotation of the United States Constitution. He is a regular contributor to the Washington Post and a number of other publications, and has been interviewed by every major TV network and NPR.
"Michael J. Gerhardt has devised an ingenious solution for demystifying America's most enigmatic president: examining the key people who influenced Lincoln as he developed his own unique skills and leadership style. These pages trace how a poor backwoods farm boy rose to become among the most eloquent defenders of America's highest ideals, as well as a steely and tenacious source of unity when the nation needed it most. Gerhardt shows that Lincoln's genius was in borrowing selectively from the examples of his mentors--both the famous and the obscure--to become an unsurpassed original."--Russell L. Riley, Co-chair of the Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center