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Why Gettysburg Mattered: 150 Years Later (Bonus Material: The Gettysburg Address) | [Allen C. Guelzo]

Why Gettysburg Mattered: 150 Years Later (Bonus Material: The Gettysburg Address)

The Battle of Gettysburg – the turning point of the American Civil War – would, in the words of one staff officer, stand “like Waterloo, conspicuous in the history of all ages."
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Publisher's Summary

The Battle of Gettysburg - the turning point of the American Civil War - would, in the words of one staff officer, stand "like Waterloo, conspicuous in the history of all ages." In this stirring production, adapted from the New York Times’ award-winning online journal and Audible audiobook Disunion, we revisit the meaning and importance of the battle that forever changed US history. Timed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle which took place over several days starting July 1st, 1863, Why Gettysburg Mattered concludes with an inspiring performance of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

©2013 The New York Times (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 07-18-13
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Historical Snapshot"

    This was a very short download and was a freebie from Audible for the 4th of July. The intro was interesting, but I wish it had bit a bit longer and given more detail. I did enjoy listening to The Gettysburg Address, as this was the first time that I remember ever listening to the entire speech.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    HIII 07-05-13
    HIII 07-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "applications"

    This short listen takes information we already have and applies it to the question Why Gettysburg Mattered. Very interesting. I was disappointed in the reading of Lincoln's beautiful Gettysburg Address but even so it was wonderful to hear in again. Thank you Audibles for this nice gift.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 07-02-13
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "great perspective"

    A short snipit on the meaning of Gettysburg, reiforcing that it was the turning point in the Civil War. It showed that a democratic government, never before tried in the world, where the government was of the people, for the people, and by the people, could survive and thrive. Lincoln's Gettysburg Adresss sums it all up quite nicely.

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    paul Williamsport, PA, United States 07-02-13
    paul Williamsport, PA, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A different prospective"

    A different prospective of the importance of the Battle of Gettysburg from a political standpoint rather than a military standpoint. A short review that ends with the reading of the Gettysburg Address will inspire all true Americans outlook on this world's greatest country.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 07-06-13
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2014

    Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

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    "Enjoyable preview for book of vignettes"

    I read some of these essays when they ran in the NY Times, and appreciated getting this preview before buying the whole book. My teenage history-loving son enjoyed this preview, and it made us decide to get the whole book soon.

    Of course the whole significance of Gettysburg can't be covered in 14 minutes. But if you are looking for something episodic to listen to the car, or for short time before bed, as we are, this was a great length.

    The narrator was good and engaging as well.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    DK 07-11-13
    DK 07-11-13 Member Since 2013

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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    "An interesting reminder into this historical event"
    Would you try another book from Allen C. Guelzo and/or Mark Boyett and Kevin Pariseau ?

    Probably not. I'm not a reader of historical opinion.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No spoilers! Any student of history knows the ending.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mark Boyett and Kevin Pariseau ?

    Perhaps, it was not outstanding nor terrible.


    Could you see Why Gettysburg Mattered: 150 Years Later (Bonus Material: The Gettysburg Address) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A nice gift from Audible-thanks!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    scott Columbia, Moldova, Republic of 06-14-15
    scott Columbia, Moldova, Republic of 06-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Nicely done"

    Considering having only 15 minutes, I believe the idea that the Civil War produced two essential products was enunciated--the democratic experiment of a continent sized Country could remain indivisible and second all people are created equal.

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    Daniel N. Hill NY USA 03-09-15
    Daniel N. Hill NY USA 03-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good addendum to the "big" book"

    Nice wrap up to the entire story and a pleasant gift to Audible subscribers! Gives the heart of the battle a nice finish.

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    SBlass 02-25-15
    SBlass 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An Eye Opener"

    Sadly, my hithertofore retained knowledge of the "history of the Civil War" is pretty much from Gone With the Wind.There was a battle of Gettysburg? Really? I didn't remember Rhett or Scarlett being there.

    My exposure to the Gettysburg Address consisted of school days memorizing of the first part of the speech - "Four score and seven years ago..." and wondering what the heck a score was (yup, got it, thanks!).

    This short presentation was fascinating, and even though I listened to it with only half an ear, it was a real eye opener to what I've turned a blind eye to all my life. This audio production was short enough and lively enough to engage my attention and get that I really should learn more about the political climate and the course of the war between the states, to have a better concept of what the heck is going on these days in politics.

    I will be re-listening to this several times I expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zeddmore 02-13-15
    Zeddmore 02-13-15
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    "Didn't work for me"

    I'm not that deep into history, so it was something of a stretch to think I'd like this one. However, Gettysburg was a pretty big deal and the book was free, so I thought I'd give it a try.

    The story and narration were okay I guess, but I just couldn't get myself to stay with it.

    Bottom line, if you're not into history you probably won't enjoy this book. If you're into history, it might be a good one and it's probably worth your time to try it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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