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The author of the classic best seller Lincoln on Leadership answers the question: How would President Lincoln handle the pressing crises of our modern world?

Abraham Lincoln is recognized as one of history's finest leaders, a great president when the United States was under tremendous strain. But suppose he were alive today. How would Lincoln deal with today's high-pressure issues, from politics to business?

Based on a lifelong study of Lincoln's life, writings, and speeches, best-selling author Donald T. Phillips offers compelling ideas on how Lincoln would employ his exemplary leadership and executive style. How would Lincoln handle today's frayed race relations, terrorism at home and abroad, gun control, and the influence of special interest groups on Congress? What would have been Lincoln's reaction to the invasion of Iraq? How would he have handled the Great Recession? What would be his stance on science and climate change? How did Lincoln feel about government entitlement programs? Would he have them at all? How would he feel about the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots, a worker's right to strike, the minimum wage, and labor unions? Would Lincoln have a mobile phone and embrace the whirl of social media? Phillips hews very closely to Lincoln's extensive writings and records to offer a fascinating look at how we might solve some of our most challenging problems, Lincoln style.

©2017 Donald T. Phillips (P)2017 Recorded Books

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  • 07-18-17

Leveraging Lincoln to drive a personal agenda

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Objective content would have been a refreshing starting point. First, I must say that I absolutely loved the original version of Lincoln on Leadership. I've personally purchased numerous copies to share with my co-workers over the years since I found the book. It was an engrossing, insightful, and applicable read. I have never gotten a bad review of that book.

But I can not be more disappointed with this new version. The book is nothing more than the author's attempt to frame his personal agenda into one that would be theoreticaly endorsed by Lincoln. Every question is answered as if Lincoln is an active left-wing Democrat in our modern times. The lack of objectivity by the author to champion every current Liberal cause and agenda is almost too much to believe. I would suspect some of the author's perspectives to come to the top, but every Lincoln opinion is now aligned with the Left's agenda.

Sadly, objectivity is sorely lacking in this book. While I am by no means an apologist for the current Republican Party or their platform, listening to this book was like watching a systematic beat down of the policies of the GOP.

I have no doubt that Mr. Lincoln would be much more moderate in today's political landscape, but to make him part of the Left's power machine is a disservice to the listener and the memory of a proven political moderate.

Disappointed.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Normally I swap history with fiction, but this was fiction enough for me.

Which scene was your favorite?

The quotes directly from Lincoln without the author's slant.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lincoln on Leadership for Today?

The oppressive political bias of the author.

Any additional comments?

The author has lost my respect as a reader.

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putting words in dead people's mouths...

....is now a grand part of rewriting history. This book was amusing/entertaining/and gave concrete evidence on how a non thinking generation is being mentally influenced by mixing fiction and nonfiction.

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Incredible Leader, Liberal Author

I suspect earlier iterations of this book are much better. In its current form this book is a vehicle to support a liberal agenda with Lincoln’s action. I’m a moderate and disappointed with this book which read more like a subjective opinion editorial.

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not what I thought it was

somewhat interesting. not what I thought it was. less about leadership and more about speculating Lincoln's views on today's politicized issues.

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very liberal bent

I thought I was going to have a valuation of Lincoln and not more about his opinion of what he would do or say. What he would do or say in our time. To put a fine point on the fact Donald Phillips says that Lincoln would B4 Evolution and for science Environmental issues of today is disheartening and will not have another book by Donald Phillips in my audio file

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Outstanding

It usually takes me about a month to get through an audio book because I only usually listen during my commute to work. However I was so taken by this book that I literally couldn't stop listening. So many practical applications about such a transformative figure that was divinely placed to lead this nation in such a delicate a time in history as the civil war.

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Can't go wrong with a book on Lincoln, although there are a lot of personal opinions on what Lincoln might or might not do.

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Repetitive

Very repetitive. Great insight on the president. The delivery is fine. Felt a little oversold on extra content.

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not about leadership

this seemed more like the authors pre-existing opinions on today's politics and how he thought since Lincoln wasn't an awful person logically he would have agreed. If you are looking for a self-help book this isn't it. If you want to read A historical themed Facebook post then this is probably the book for you lol

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must read

Lincoln has been one of my all time favorite presidents. this was a good read, and I even like how it tied to modern day presidents. however, the author did put his opinion in. it was still well written