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William Lee Miller was a Scholar in Ethics and Institutions at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, and taught at Yale, Smith College, and Indiana University. His previous books include Arguing About Slavery, Lincoln’s Virtues, and President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman. He died in 2012.

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Arguing about Slavery
John Quincy Adams and the Great Battle in the United States Congress
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1998
Price: $17.95

In the 1830s slavery was so deeply entrenched that it could not even be discussed in Congress, which had enacted a "gag rule" to ensure that anti-slavery petitions would be summarily rejected. This stirring book chronicles the parliamentary battle to bring "the peculiar institution" into the national debate, a battle that... Read more >

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Lincoln's Virtues
An Ethical Biography
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 536 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $18.95

William Lee Miller’s ethical biography is a fresh, engaging telling of the story of Lincoln’s rise to power. Through careful scrutiny of Lincoln’s actions, speeches, and writings, and of accounts from those who knew him, Miller gives us insight into the moral development of a great politician—one who made the choice... Read more >

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President Lincoln
The Duty of a Statesman
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $16.95

The American president has come to be the most powerful figure in the world—and back in the nineteenth century a great man held that office. William Lee Miller’s new book closely examines that great man in that hugely important office: Abraham Lincoln as president.

Wars waged by American presidents have come to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

President Lincoln

Written by William Lee Miller


Format: eBook, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $13.99

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Two Americans
Truman, Eisenhower and a Dangerous World
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.95

From William Lee Miller, the highly regarded biographer of Abraham Lincoln, a riveting dual examination of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower that explores the similarities and equally striking differences of two remarkable men in the context of mid-twentieth-century American culture and politics.

Two Americans weaves together the life stories of Truman and... Read more >
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Two Americans
Truman, Eisenhower, and a Dangerous World
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $13.99

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