Marblehead, MA, United States
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  • Lincoln at Gettysburg

  • The Words that Remade America
  • By: Garry Wills
  • Narrated by: Garry Wills
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

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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  • By Darwin8u on 03-26-15

Good listen, poorly recorded

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Reviewed: 12-05-11

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.

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