Tue, Mar 08|
John Avlon on His Latest Book, Lincoln and the Fight for Peace
CNN Anchor and Author will present his findings on Lincoln's character as reflected in his quest for a just and lasting peace
Mar 08, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
About the Event
Lincoln and the Fight for Peace reveals how Lincoln’s character informed his commitment to unconditional surrender followed by a magnanimous peace. Even during the Civil War, surrounded by reactionaries and radicals, he refused to back down from his belief that there is more that unites us than divides us. But he also understood that peace needs to be waged with as much intensity as war. Lincoln’s plan to win the peace is his unfinished symphony, but in its existing notes, we can find an anthem that can begin to bridge our divisions today. The power of Lincoln’s personal example in the closing days of the war offers a portrait of a peacemaker. Lincoln believed that decency could be the most practical form of politics, but he understood that people were more inclined to listen to reason when greeted from a position of strength. While his assassination sent the country careening off course, Lincoln’s vision would be vindicated long after his death, inspiring future generations.
John Avlon is a senior political analyst and anchor at CNN. He is an award-winning columnist and the author of Independent Nation, Wingnuts, and Washington’s Farewell. Previously, he was the editor-in-chief and managing director of The Daily Beast and served as chief speechwriter for the Mayor of New York during the attacks of 9/11. He lives with his wife Margaret Hoover and their two children in New York.
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