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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Fine Little Study
Did the reviewer who found this "dull" read the same book as I did??? This is a very well-crafted, nicely written, penetrating look at some important topics. I greatly enjoyed it.
Published on March 16 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Dust of Lincoln
In a time when our nation (United States) no longer produces true statesmen with character such as Washington, Mason, Henry, Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, I'm saddened that Abraham Lincoln is seen by the editor as a man of character. It would seem, if one is to be a thinking evangelical, that the horrors that Lincoln permitted in the South would un-nerve the most...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Fine Little Study, March 16 2001
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This review is from: Character Counts: Leadership Qualities in Washington, Wilberforce, Lincoln, and Solzhenitsyn (Paperback)
Did the reviewer who found this "dull" read the same book as I did??? This is a very well-crafted, nicely written, penetrating look at some important topics. I greatly enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting character comparison, June 14 2000
This review is from: Character Counts: Leadership Qualities in Washington, Wilberforce, Lincoln, and Solzhenitsyn (Paperback)
Very interesting book that reviews four of the most facinating men in history. Worth reading if you are a fan of all or just one of the men, or even if you just want to find out more about them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As this book shows, Lincoln was a great man (get over it!)., Dec 5 2003
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This review is from: Character Counts: Leadership Qualities in Washington, Wilberforce, Lincoln, and Solzhenitsyn (Paperback)
I'm dismayed to see the severely outdated political agenda of the Allens of North Carolina overshadow their opinions and reviews of Dr. Guinness' excellent book. I really doubt that the Oxford-educated Dr. Guinness should be "ashamed" of himself for his "lack of scholarship" in any area he chooses to write. Nor do I believe he is simply parroting the "Yankee propaganda," (referred to in another Allen "review") which is an entirely laughable concept.
As for the book:
A person's actions stem from their beliefs, which form their character. We have all seen examples -- at the corporate, political, and personal levels -- of those in leadership exhibiting less-than-ideal character, which corrupted their actions. This wonderful book provides a pleasant contrast to some of our contemporary leaders by examining the lives, actions, and beliefs of some truly amazing people; especially and including Abraham Lincoln, a wartime president who took extraordinary strides and went through unbelievable hardships to preserve our country.
I'm currently reading my 4th book by Dr. Guinness, and have come to admire the author as a very strong Christian thinker and writer. As others have noted, he writes in the tradition of C.S. Lewis, and it is not hard to imagine him speaking to you personally as he guides you through his observations and reasoning.
I also recommend "Fit Bodies, Fat Minds" and "Prophetic Untimeliness," as well as "The Call."
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Dust of Lincoln, Sept. 26 2002
This review is from: Character Counts: Leadership Qualities in Washington, Wilberforce, Lincoln, and Solzhenitsyn (Paperback)
In a time when our nation (United States) no longer produces true statesmen with character such as Washington, Mason, Henry, Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, I'm saddened that Abraham Lincoln is seen by the editor as a man of character. It would seem, if one is to be a thinking evangelical, that the horrors that Lincoln permitted in the South would un-nerve the most honest of scholars. Here, Os Guines has done a serious disservice to the orthodox Christian community. Abraham Lincoln rejected the Virginia Peace (which included former president John Tyler) accord and Sen. Critendem's compromise for peace. Surely had Lincoln accepted these plans for peace, thousands of lives could have been saved. But most of all, the total war theory Lincoln allowed is the most offensive and repugnate to any thinking Christian. Women and children were implemented in Lincoln's so called war to save the Union. He jailed opponents of his position, threatened the Supreme Court justice Roger Taney with arrest for writing against his war plan. Lincoln usurped the Constitution of the United States by declaring War against seceded states in violation of Article I sec. 8 (this is solely congress's domain). A nation birthed in secession hardly has the right to chastise those who operated from the same principle i.e. the right to govern themselves and self-determination. Os, you should be ashamed of yourself for lack of scholarship in this arena. Particularly over such a sensitive subject as the American War Between the States (Civil War). A man (Lincoln) who waged an offensive war against those who defended their rights and family against an unjust invasion has no place in a book where character matters. Maybe Robert E. Lee or Joshua Chamberlain could have saved you the embarassment. And no, Lincoln's war was not over slavery. Men do not take bullets so 10 % can own slaves. Character counts, so does scholarship.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good biographies, June 27 2000
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Geoffrey S. Robinson (Haddon Heights, NJ USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Character Counts: Leadership Qualities in Washington, Wilberforce, Lincoln, and Solzhenitsyn (Paperback)
This is a good starting point for the people studied. I found Wilberforce the most interesting, but that was because he was the least known to me.
The force of character in shaping events is an interesting point of reference for a biography.
I can't help but notice that stubbornness was a common trait.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Dust of Lincoln, April 10 2003
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Thomas W. Allen (North Carolina) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Character Counts: Leadership Qualities in Washington, Wilberforce, Lincoln, and Solzhenitsyn (Paperback)
In a time when our nation (United States) no longer produces true statesmen with character such as Washington, Mason, Henry, Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, I'm saddened that Abraham Lincoln is seen by the editor as a man of character. It would seem, if one is to be a thinking evangelical, that the horrors that Lincoln permitted in the South would un-nerve the most honest of scholars. Here, Os Guines has done a serious disservice to the orthodox Christian community. Abraham Lincoln rejected the Virginia Peace (which included former president John Tyler) accord and Sen. Critendem's compromise for peace. Surely had Lincoln accepted these plans for peace, thousands of lives could have been saved. But most of all, the total war theory Lincoln allowed is the most offensive and repugnate to any thinking Christian. Women and children were implemented in Lincoln's so called war to save the Union. He jailed opponents of his position, threatened the Supreme Court justice Roger Taney with arrest for writing against his war plan. Lincoln usurped the Constitution of the United States by declaring War against seceded states in violation of Article I sec. 8 (this is solely congress's domain). A nation birthed in secession hardly has the right to chastise those who operated from the same principle i.e. the right to govern themselves and self-determination. Os, you should be ashamed of yourself for lack of scholarship in this arena. Particularly over such a sensitive subject as the American War Between the States (Civil War). A man (Lincoln) who waged an offensive war against those who defended their rights and family against an unjust invasion has no place in a book where character matters. Maybe Robert E. Lee or Joshua Chamberlain could have saved you the embarassment. And no, Lincoln's war was not over slavery. Men do not take bullets so 10 % can own slaves. Character counts, so does scholarship.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Required reading?, Aug. 26 2000
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"yehti" (Newberg, OR) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Character Counts: Leadership Qualities in Washington, Wilberforce, Lincoln, and Solzhenitsyn (Paperback)
My school, George Fox University, recommends ("hint": requires) that all students read this book upon enrollment. This book might have been a valuable contribution to the public's outlook on character in public figures, but is incredibly dry and dull in presentation. These historical figures were real people who deserve a bit...well...a life. This book was written for a great purpose, but will never achieve a lasting impact on many people due to the poor judgment of the author in his choice of style of presentation.
by a discouraged Freshman
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