Saturday, December 06, 2008

Just added to my wish list

Fred Kaplan's Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer:

"Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that ' all men are created equal.' We now practically read it 'all men are created equal, except Negroes.' When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read 'all men are created equals, except Negroes, and foreigners, and catholics.' When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty -- to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy."


Jeanne said...

You just made me realize I don't have any biography on my book-buying for the holidays meme, even though this book would be perfect for someone in my parents' generation. If you want to play, you can see it at

Mary said...

This is on my list to Santa, too. I found it on a list of books Obama is reading or has read. It looks exceptional.