There are two book signings twenty-four hours apart at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (ALPM). At 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, Michael Lind will be at the ALPM to discuss Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States. The book examines two competing philosophies through the years: a small-government approach that defers to the private sector versus an active government aggressively trying to stimulate the economy. Lind concludes the activist approach has triggered much of our economic success.
The New York Times says Lind’s “book is rich with details, more than a few of them surprising.” Lind is a co-founder of the New America Foundation and the author of multiple books, including What Lincoln Believed and Made in Texas: George W. Bush and the Southern Takeover of American Politics.
At 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2013, David Von Drehle will visit the ALPM to discuss Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year. Von Drehle illustrates the importance of 1862, when Civil War violence reached new heights, Lincoln lost a son and searched for a competent general, and Congress looked to the future by authorizing a transcontinental railroad and land-grant universities.
“These pages crackle with life and energy," Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson wrote in the New York Review of Books. A journalist, Von Drehle has worked for the Washington Post, TIME magazine, and other publications. His last book Triangle: The Fire that Changed America was a New York Times bestseller.
Both presentations are free and open to the public, but reservations should be made by calling (217) 558-8934. Book signings will precede the discussions, in both cases at 6:30 p.m.