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Lincoln Speeches

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In time for the upcoming election season, Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and--above all--essential reads from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of "The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution," draws together the great texts of American civic life, including the founding documents, pivotal ...more
Paperback, Penguin Civic Classics, 208 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Penguin Books
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Nov 18, 2012 Jessika rated it really liked it
A short, concise volume, this collection made for an excellent read & an illuminating introduction to Abraham Lincoln as a speaker.

I remember buying this book in the aftermath of seeing Lincoln in theaters & I'm glad I got around to reading this finally. As with any collection, some speeches resonated with me more than others did. One thing is clear to me now, more so than before having read this--the world truly lost an incredibly eloquent man far too soon. It seems Lincoln just had th
Ross Cohen
John F. Kennedy once said, "Where power corrupts, poetry cleanses." If ever there was a leader who bound the effectiveness of power to the aspirations of poetry, Abraham Lincoln was him. This excellent and essential sampler of his speeches proves this.
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Apr 28, 2014 Daniel Kukwa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
If you don't believe Lincoln's speeches are wonderful works of genius, both in their power and their simplicity, then we simply don't have anything else to talk about. The ultimate in archival, one-stop-shopping luxury.
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Mar 15, 2017 Duke Vonggaveesakul rated it really liked it
A concise collection of Lincoln's well known speeches; like the Gettysburg address, a House Divided, the Great Debate (Lincoln vs Douglas) and more.
This book is a great entry point to explore how his insight and language, both just and poetic, has defined democracy and set a standard for presidents until this day.
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Aug 10, 2015 Victor Davis rated it liked it
Shelves: civil-war
The book was about what I expected: a short crash course on Lincoln the orator and the issues of the day. Being strictly text, and abridged at that, it is neither instructional for the beginner, nor exhaustive for the researcher. Book 4 of 6 of the Penguin Civic Classics collection, it is a good read for the layman who wants to go beyond the basics taught in grade school. Interestingly, some of his lesser known speeches moved me far more than his famous ones. My favorite was his Oct 16, 1854 "Sp ...more
Sep 28, 2013 Nick rated it really liked it
The only thing which kept me from giving this book a fifth star was that some of the speeches were edited down. That's okay for an overview, but it would have been nice to see the full text included.
This is not a complete set of Lincoln's speeches, but instead a selection of them, presented in chronological order, from 1832 to 1865. Some of Lincoln's early speeches were rougher in form, but showed much of the style that would carry him to the White House.
If your knowledge of Lincoln's speeches i
Living in Iowa and having teachers who thought that knowing about Lincoln (and being inspired by trips to Springfield and other areas of Illinois that Lincoln played a part in) I had read many of these speeches. I really enjoyed both the series introduction by Richard Beeman and the Lincoln introduction by Allen C. Guezlo.

What this book reminded me was that Lincoln was at his best when speaking towards all the people - he didn't always say the things that both sides wanted to hear (sometimes th
Mar 21, 2013 Naomi rated it really liked it
4.5/5 Stars

Simply a compilation of all of Lincoln's most important speeches put together in a small somewhat pocket sized book. I was looking for speeches I was not familiar with but didn't find any in the book. I think this would be a good starter for someone just starting to familiarize themselves with Lincoln's greatest speeches.

The book lost half a star from me due to the layout of the book. I felt is came across as a bit smudged together which would impact the reading of it.
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Bare bones. An interesting selection, but weakened without context.
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Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1861 until his assassination. As an outspoken opponent of the expansion of slavery in the United States, Lincoln won the Republican Party nomination in 1860 and was elected president later that year. During his term, he helped preserve the United States by leading the defeat of the secessionist Confederate Stat ...more
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