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About Lincoln's Counsel: Lessons from America's Most Persuasive Speaker
Before Abraham Lincoln was called "Mr. President," he was called "counselor" and "esquire." Some consider him to be one of the nation's greatest attorneys and, at the very least, an enormously persuasive speaker. He spent more years practicing law than any other president, and his years in the legal profession were essential to his eventual election to the Presidency.
As a lawyer, Lincoln knew how to craft successful closing arguments. As a president--with his Gettysburg Address, perhaps the greatest closing argument in history--he knew how to persuade a bitterly divided country into ultimately doing what was right for all.
Through examples from Lincoln's great speeches and closing arguments--included in their entirety are Lincoln's First and Second Inaugural Speeches, the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation and more--this book instructs you in the art of persuasion in two simple ways: by providing lessons from Lincoln's career as a lawyer and politician, and then by analyzing those lessons and discussing how to apply them to your own life. Lincoln's Counsel gives important advice about advocacy straight from the very best.
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Rizer's book is, as one of my old professors once said, "something I'd never expect to see--something new about the Civil War." As an attorney, he examines Lincoln's background in the law as not the preordained stepping stone to greatness, but as a learning experience that shaped the Great Emancipator from a new frontier lawyer to the greatest political leader of his time. What truly sets Rizer's work apart, however, is how the author turns what would have been just another Lincoln biographical sketch into a tome filled with examples--not just quotations--for professional and ethical behavior in not only the law, but in all areas of civic discourse. It will have a treasured place on my bookshelf.
-Dr. Robert R. Mackey, PhD, author of The Uncivil War: Irregular Warfare in the Upper South 1861-1865.