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Selected Writings And Speeches Of Abraham Lincoln

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  188 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Ranging form finely honed legal argument to dry and sometimes savage humor to private correspondence and political rhetoric of unsurpassed grandeur, the writings collected in this volume are at once the literary testament of the great writer ever to occupy the White House and documentary history of American in Abraham Lincoln's time.
Published by Hendricks House (first published February 18th 1992)
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Gabriela Paige
This book is also another I only read a bit of for schoolwork. I liked what I read and maybe someday I'll go back and read the rest. From this work you can clearly see Abraham Lincoln was a well talented speaker. The Gettysburg Address was the most interesting and moving to read. I loved it!
Oct 05, 2007 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading this from, the same way I'm reading The Ambassadors. It's a pretty neat free service!
Jan 25, 2009 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: part-read
I decided upon this book to learn more about Lincoln the writer, not Lincoln the man. I can say with confidence it is a wonderful tool if other readers decide to follow the same course that I did. If instead they want to better know Lincoln the man and the arc of his thought, this book may suffice, but I myself cannot provide the assurance.

By near every account Lincoln today is heralded the most eloquent American president; perhaps also the most fluent prose writer in American history. The secon
Colin Koopman
May 24, 2007 Colin Koopman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: america
Forged from his soul some less obscure version of the Great American Dream; felt the call of grace deep within; saw destiny before him always clearly as the sky; watched as Southern son and Northern boy stained field after field with one another's blood.

Who would deny that 600,000 dead bodies is the want of democracy, not its achievement? Yet I still believe that America's Democratic Futures will result from some more obscure portion of his greatness. Do not become enamored of Lincoln, for if we
I admit it, in a totally geeky way, I'm looking forward to these...


I hesitate to say anything about Lincoln because so many people think he was just sooooo wonderful...

It was okay. He was sort of funny, sometimes, but not very often. I think I disagree with his argument against the South secession. I mean, the American Revolution could be argued against by the same standards...

And it feels like there are "good racist people" and "bad racist people".

Venkataraman Kumbakonam S.
This is a good reference book, especially on the political history of the relevant period (1830 - 1865)of the USA.

The policies of Abraham Lincoln stood and won mostly on their inherent merits. They did not need much manipulation and cunningness. Abraham Lincoln gives the impression of a plain speaker of his mind. Perhaps that did the trick.
Woody Barlow
Dec 07, 2013 Woody Barlow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Selected Speeches and Writing by Abraham Lincoln shows the inside of one of the greatest Americans ever, through his letters and speeches. It shows his thinking before attempts at legislation. A wonderful man well before his time.I rated the book four stars because some of the letters are mundane and could have been left out for a tighter picture. The introduction by Gore Vidal is top notch.
Sep 20, 2016 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What should you do when faced with a moral wrong that is protected by a constitution you are determined to uphold? That tension permeated these speeches and letters. I don't think we get a decisive answer, but we get to observe a smart, articulate, and principled person attempt the navigation. I respect him more after reading this book.
Zena Ryder
It is fascinating to be able to read Lincoln's original words and I have learnt a lot by doing so. I will be dipping into this book from time to time, as I pursue my obsession with Lincoln and the Civil War period.
Moses Operandi
Lincoln is a giant in American history, and after reading this book I see that his reputation is well-deserved. His letters and his speeches show a man of compassion, of sense, and with great qualities of leadership.
Jan 12, 2010 Rich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is amazing to read his speeches and writings from 1850-1870. Heard th Elgin Symphony do the Gettysburg Address set to music. Thought 'this is going to be boring' and ended up enraptured by the words. Reading the Hiuse Divided speech and moving into the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Sean Higgins
Feb 23, 2015 Sean Higgins rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: omnibus, print
Probably only read about 100 pages of the 400+ and that was more than enough for now. Lincoln loved the Union more than anything else and justified his actions based on that supreme allegiance. He opened the door for more Federal power and we reap some of that rotten fruit today.
Shelby Fleischer
Necessary for the library and the appreciation of the writing skill of the most fascinating character.
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“These [the armed forces] are not our reliance against a resumption of tyranny in our fair land. All of them may be turned against our liberties, without making us stronger or weaker for the struggle. Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, every where.... Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage, and you are preparing your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of those around you, you have lost the genius of your own independence, and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises.” 17 likes
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