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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

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.

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 07-02-13

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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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.

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  • Emily
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 07-06-13

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.

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Not my cup of tea

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It was free. It was okay but slow and not what I expected. Provided a great perspective.

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Great insight

I obviously knew that Gettsyburg was important, but in just a few minutes I given enough to inquire further about the battle.

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Gettysburg NOT the turning Point of The Civil War

very good essay. very balanced, as much as can be anticipated, even if there is much attention, or focus on The Confederate Defeat as opposed to the Union Victory. Guelzo offers this synthesis of the Battle of Gettysbutg not in terms of the Turning Point , or the High Tide of the Confederacy, but rather as the culmination of the Northern War Aims.

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A good summary of American history

The Gettysburg Address is a speech delivered by US President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, given during the American Civil War, and is one of the most well-known speeches in American history.

It begins "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." - and is an opening that many non-Americans in western countries will recognised because it's quoted so often in American TV shows and films.

This short recording culminates in a reading of the Gettysburg Address in its entirety (it’s not that long!) and is a succinct history lesson that is both interesting and easy to follow.

While the Gettysburg Address may conjure up feelings of patriotism for Americans, non-Americans can simply appreciate the general history lesson this audiobook provides on another country.

Why Gettysburg Mattered is narrated by Mark Boyett and Kevin Pariseau. They are both formal and clear in their reading but add passion to the history lesson to drive home the importance of the Gettysburg Address to Americans.

It’s an interesting and worthwhile lesson that currently won’t cost a cent to obtain, and is just one of several non-fiction titles that I've reviewed on my audiobook site at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com. If you you enjoy history, you should enjoy this audiobook.

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Allen Guelzo is always excellent

A great follow-up to Dr. Guelzo's Gettysburg book--always reliable and trustworthy. It is always a pleasure to read anything by Allen Guelzo.

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interesting information

stuff I didn't really know about, but realize now how much our country now is similar to our country 151 years ago.

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