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Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America | [Garry Wills]

Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America

There is perhaps no more compelling example of the power of words than Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In merely 272 words, Lincoln gave the nation "a new birth of freedom" by tracing its history to the Declaration of Independence, as well as incorporating elements of the Greek revival and Transcendentalism. Garry Wills breathes news life into words we thought we knew and reveals much about a President so easily mythologized but often misunderstood.
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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 1993

There is perhaps no more compelling example of the power of words than Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In merely 272 words, Lincoln gave the nation "a new birth of freedom" by tracing its history to the Declaration of Independence, as well as incorporating elements of the Greek revival and Transcendentalism. Lincoln's entire life and deep political experience went into the creation of his revolutionary masterpiece. By examining both the Address and Lincoln in their historical and cultural context, noted historian Garry Wills breathes news life into words we thought we knew and reveals much about a President so easily mythologized but often misunderstood.

Copyright ©1992 by Literary Research Incorporated; Copyright (P)1992 Dove Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A grand book Lincoln would have loved to read." (James David Barber, author of The Presidential Character)
"...stimulating, original, and altogether absorbing work." (David Herbert Donald, Harvard University)

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    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 05-03-10
    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 05-03-10 Member Since 2000

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    "Poor Reader"

    The book is pretty good. But the reader pro-noun-ces ev-ery syl-lable as a sep-er-ate word. After a few hours it drives you crazy. I had to give up on listening to it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Marblehead, MA, United States 12-05-11
    Mark Marblehead, MA, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Good listen, poorly recorded"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well composed analysis of how and why the Gettysburg Address was written as it was. Places the ideas, grammar and intent at the time of its creation. Definitely of interest for anyone wanting to explore the address in terms of the currents of the time. Less convincing is Wills' proposition that the address forever altered political oratory. If brevity an concision are the thrust here, 'vene, vidi, vici'. While the book is excellent, and the reading good, the recording is not. This is one of the fuzziest files I've ever downloaded from Audible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not really a story about characters


    What three words best describe Garry Wills’s voice?

    A historian, dispassionately presenting his thesis.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Ken Burns already covered it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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