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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  4 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 hist ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Penguin Books (first published July 4th 2008)
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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
Daniel Kukwa
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.
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.
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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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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