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General Information

Name:  Gordon Leidner  

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Illinois Connection

Gordon is originally from Greenville, Illinois and he attended the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gordon Leidner has been a student of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War for most of his life. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Abraham Lincoln Institute for over ten years, and is a past president of the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia. He has lectured on Lincoln at the Smithsonian Institution and Johns Hopkins University, and has written numerous articles on Lincoln, including many discussing him in light of modern leadership theory. He has a MGA from the University of Maryland in Applied Management and a BS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

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Titles At Your Library

Of God and Dice: Quotes from Eminent Scientists Supporting a Creator
ISBN: 1470041502

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2012

The “new atheists” say that science has disproven that God was necessary for the creation of the universe. Of God and Dice offers counter-arguments to the atheists’ claims through the words of 70 eminent scientists such as Albert Einstein, Max Planck, and Isaac Newton. Written for the reader that wants to consider the “God side” of the science vs. God debate, Editor Gordon Leidner provides nearly 250 quotations of well-known scientists on subjects such as the Big Bang, quantum theory, human consciousness, the Bible, and science’s inability to disprove the existence of God. The Editor’s introduction to each subject, end notes, and numerous photographs add to the usefulness of the book.

Abraham Lincoln: Quotes, Quips, and Speeches
ISBN: 158182677X

Cumberland House. 2009

More than 140 years since his death, the enduring legacy of a great president, an American success story, and the celebrated leader of the Civil War continues. Abraham Lincoln: Quotes, Quips, and Speeches captures the essence of the sixteenth president. In addition to Lincoln's own words, Gordon Leidner includes insights into the man by those who knew him best, from his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, to his greatest political opponent, Stephen A. Douglas. Every quote is sourced in the end notes. Numerous photographs add to the charm and usefulness of the book.

Abraham Lincoln: The Complete Book of Facts, Quizzes, and Trivia
ISBN: 157249235X

Burd Street Press. 2001

Abraham Lincoln: The Complete Book of Facts, Quizzes, and Trivia is the one source for testing your knowledge of our 16th president. What terrible accident happened to Lincoln when he was eight years old? What sport did Lincoln play while he was a congressman? Why did Lincoln break his engagement with Mary Todd in early 1841? More than just a collection of trivia this complete book offers a glimpse into the life of Lincoln the man.

Lincoln on God and Country
ISBN: 1572492074

White Mane Publishing Company. 2000

Lincoln on God and Country uses the 16th president's own words to demonstrate why he deserves to be called a man of faith, a friend of the slave, and a preserver of democratic goverment. The casual reader of history will find the book useful because it includes an interesting, short biography of Lincoln and excerpts from many of his best speeches and letters. Brief editorial comment provides useful background for each Lincoln quote.

A Commitment to Honor: A Unique Portrait of Abraham Lincoln in His Own Words
ISBN: 1558537864

Rutledge Hill Pr. 2000

No U.S. president has espoused and embodied virtues such as honesty, faith,determination, and character to the extent Abraham Lincoln did. Inaddition to his quotations on subjects such as leadership, honesty, faith,kindness, and liberty, ACommitment to Honor includes insights from those who knew him best andphotographs of Lincoln.

The Founding Fathers: Quotes, Quips and Speeches
ISBN: 1402280092

Cumberland House. 2013

Filled with more than 200 quotes from America's most influential founders, The Founding Fathers: Quotes, Quips, and Speeches captures the essence of the leaders who forged a new country based on their beliefs of freedom and liberty. Discover their thoughts on government, liberty, the people, character, and faith with quotes from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and many others. Every quote is sourced in end notes. Beautiful packaging complete with gold foil adds to the sophisticated feel of this hardcover, making it the perfect gift for any history lover.

The Civil War: Voices of Hope, Sacrifice, and Courage
ISBN: 1402292651

Cumberland House. 2014

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves...."-President Abraham Lincoln

The third title in Gordon Leidner's successful series,The Civil War: Voices of Hope, Sacrifice, and Courage captures the essence of this bloody and inevitable conflict through the insights, inspirations, and wisdoms of those who lived it. Featuring more than 220 quotes from both Union and Confederate soldiers and civilians, as well as excerpts from some of our country's most enduring speeches, The Civil War documents the chronology of one of the ultimate turning points in American history.

Lincoln's Gift: How Humor Shaped Lincoln's Life and Legacy
ISBN: 149260965X

Cumberland House. 2015

"Simply the best book that has been published on this great president's humor and stories...Everyone interested in Abraham Lincoln will want to read this."―William C. Harris, author of Lincoln and the Border States

Abraham Lincoln has long been admired for his leadership, honesty, and eloquence. But despite his somber reputation, the sixteenth president was quite funny. With an uncanny ability to mimic others and an irresistible midwestern twang, Lincoln, in fact, could be downright hilarious.

Brimming with his funniest quips, jokes, and stories, Lincoln's Gift explores the crucial role humor played throughout his tumultuous professional and private life. Perfect for history buffs and Lincoln enthusiasts alike, this clever and captivating biography reveals how America's greatest president used his lighter side to lead the country through one of its darkest times, the Civil War.

"Gordon Leidner ingeniously blends a study of Lincoln's humor with an account of his life, showing how our sixteenth president was not always a 'man of sorrows' but often a man of laughter, capable alike of enjoying as well as telling a good story."―Michael Burlingame, author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life

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