Political Advice From the Master

Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

Abraham Lincoln may be our greatest President. Yet so many of his qualities--his thoughtfulness, prudence and patience--seem out of tune with modern politics. Maybe that's the problem. In the midst of a volatile presidential campaign, David Von Drehle's cover story looks at Lincoln's blend of pragmatism and idealism and what the 16th President tells us about the two men running for that office.

Months ago, I started talking to Steven Spielberg about his important film Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, which opens on Nov. 9. Our cover package--done in collaboration with Spielberg--hews closely to the first idea we talked about: What can...

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