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."

2 comments:

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 http://necromancyneverpays.blogspot.com/2008/12/book-buying-meme.html

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.

md