Why Lincoln Matters, By Mario Cuomo

Why Lincoln Matters: Today More Than Ever is a book by former NY Governor Mario Cuomo, published in 2004. It addressed such issues as pre-emptive war, taxes and religion in politics. Cuomo pointed out that Lincoln never belonged to an organized religion or joined a church and seemed to be a rationalist rather than a conventional Christian. And yet his speeches, particularly as president, were filled with religious references, perhaps in part as a way to get closer to and persuade constituents. Listen to NPR interview.

“Lincoln is too complex a figure to belong exclusively to either the left or the right, but that doesn’t stop him from finding an enduring link from Lincoln’s vision to Cuomo’s brand of unabashed liberalism. The notion may be debatable, but Cuomo, one of the great orators of his generation, is as fluent at the keyboard as he is at the lectern, making Why Lincoln Matters a rewarding read for those on both sides of the divide.”

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