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Rebel Giants: The Revolutionary Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwinby David R Contosta
Synopses & Reviews
"On February 12, 2009, numerous observances, conferences and books will celebrate the bicentennials of two major 19th-century figures: Lincoln and Darwin. Historian Contosta (Henry Adams and His World) uses the coincidence of their shared birth date as the basis for a thin, sophomoric comparison of the two men. Both, according to Contosta, introduced paradigm shifts in how people thought about humanity, whether human dignity or our place in the natural world; both men struggled against attempts, such as slavery, to dehumanize people. And both were self-made men: Lincoln in the more usual sense of the term, Darwin because he rejected the path his father had chosen and found his own calling. At first glance, the author notes, Lincoln and Darwin are very different: the former from a frontier family who had little formal education; the latter, from a wealthy family, graduated from Cambridge. Yet they both lost their mothers at an early age; both struggled with doubts about religion, were ambitious and had quick minds. But Contosta mainly catalogues these differences and similarities without delving deeply into their significance, yielding no new insights into these two well-known lives." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
Written to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, this volume focuses on the enormous impact both men had on history, and how the world might have been a very different place if both men hadn't made their debut on February 12, 1809. Contosta (Chestnut Hill College), a historian who has previously focused on the life of academic Henry Brooks Adams, examines the life's work of both men separately, and then provides a dovetailed comparison of the rebellious nature of these two historical giants. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
February 12, 2009, will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of two of the most extraordinary and influential men in recent historyAbraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. Contosta makes a compelling case that by studying the similarities (along with the differences) between these two giants of history we are able to understand each man better than by examining their lives in isolation.
About the Author
David R. Contosta (Chestnut Hill, PA) is professor of history at Chestnut Hill College and the author of eight books on American history, including Henry Adams and His World.
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