Originally Posted by globetrotter
before licoln there was a group of states that had a loose joint government. after licoln ther was a United States of America, which went on to be the standard for democratic capitalism, and gave the world a whole new level of material standard of living.
without licoln, we might have 4 or 5 small nations in the territory that is today the United States. it is hard to say what would have happened in the 20th century conflict in europe and asia.
Bingo. I admire Lincoln. I think those of us that admire Lincoln understand that he was a complex and ultimately flawed character, but that is part of what makes him such an enduring figure in the American story.
I would count Lincoln along with Washington as probably the best and also most important American leaders.
-Theodore Roosevelt is an extremely interesting person who was a great leader.
-John D. Rockefeller is one of the most amazing business leaders I have ever read of or known of.
- Augustus Caesar is an interesting choice from antiquity.
- Napoleon was/is a great leader, though ultimately his story ends badly for him. The Napoleonic code and some of his ideas of meritocracy were revolutionary for their time.
- Louis 14th was a unique and great leader, though his offspring were clearly inept.
-48 laws of power had some other interesting/lesser known leaders I cannot recall at the moment.