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Abraham Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings

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The most comprehensive and readable one-volume collection of Lincoln's writings ever published. -David Herbert Donald.
ebook, 889 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 1979)
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Paul
Jul 13, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I return to Lincoln regularly, as should (I firmly believe) every American reader. His unique command of the English language, arising out of his roots as a frontier autodidact, is absolutely spellbinding. To this he adds a depth of thought that places him among the greatest of political philosophers. To these already prodigious talents we must also add his extraordinary career (cut horribly short) as a statesman -- arguably the greatest American statesman.

The famous speeches are mostly all here
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Edward Weiner
Mar 25, 2014 Edward Weiner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of civil war history of which the best book is Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson. However, no matter how much you read in history books, there is no better way to understand what really happened and how people felt about the events than to read what was written by contemporary participants and observers. This book, free from Tantor Media or Audible.com, really fills in the gaps. Why did Lincoln issue the Emancipation Proclamation when he did? This audi ...more
Don
I simply cannot get over the eloquence of this guy... I mean, how in the world could he write this poetic stuff for the ages without a word processor? His metaphors are so understandable that we ought to all them parables.
The way his writing style as well as some key aspects of his philosophy matured over time is striking. He's sorta my Jesus -- thoroughly flawed, completely human, but all in all, a pretty cool dude.
Luke
May 03, 2012 Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abe Lincoln is viewed as one of the most important presidents this country has ever had. This sentiment is largely true. Bt you cant quite appreciate his service to the country until to read some of his speeches and letters. Get into his head in this book and you're love for him will grow even more. What a champ.
Adam
Dec 15, 2008 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am reading excerpts from this for my American Political Thought class that I am taking this fall. So far, so good. I finished my class tonight and I loved reading Lincoln's own words. Check out his speech at Copper Institute. Great stuff.
Nicole
Very interesting to read many of Lincoln's letters, speeches and fragments. The heft of the book sort of ruined the joy of reading though!
Brian
Aug 17, 2009 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth it just to read the 1854 Peoria speech. Far and away the best book I've read in years.
Suzy
Mar 03, 2010 Suzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four score and seven years ago.....this book helps you really digest what Lincoln was saying.
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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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