Hadley Arkes, who called Crisis of the House Divided "the best book ever written on Lincoln," found its sequel "a sublime work, advancing and deepening the first." James L. Swanson, writing in the Chicago Tribune, proclaimed A New Birth of Freedom "a tour de force: an unabashed but scholarly celebration of Lincoln, liberty and equality." The Washington Times called the book "a stunning work of scholarship and erudition." And James M. McPherson, perhaps the greatest living scholar of the Civil War, concluded, "every student of Lincoln needs to read and ponder this book."
Professor Jaffa will deliver a lecture drawn from A New Birth of Freedom at the Athenaeum. Following the talk, Jaffa will be honored for a lifetime of scholarship with the Appleby Prize, named after Carlton R. Appleby, a supporter of the Henry Salvatori Center.
Harry Jaffa's appearance at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is sponsored by the Henry Salvatori Center.