Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words
Lincoln used writing to crystallize and communicate his thinking on the principles and values that defined and gave meaning to the purposes of the war. For Li ...more
story of lincoln's presidency seen through the lens of his writing process. he spent countless hours developing his different speeches and public communiques. he edited them to death and took great care to say exactly what he meant.
lincoln carefully considered his position regarding the secession of the sev ...more
Douglas L. Wilson, codirector of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and 1999 Lincoln Prize winner for Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln, has again won the Lincoln Prize for Lincoln's Sword. Wilson says the book resulted from his work transcribing Lincoln's most famous writings for the Library of Congress, where he was struck by Lincoln's literary craftsmanship and penchant for revision. While a few reviewers criticize Wilson's academic prose sty...more
Not an 'easy' read, but worth the time, especially as a study on Lincoln and the use of words and writing styles during this time.
Every once in a while, a human being comes along that the planet wasn't expecting – Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Newton, Einstein – Lincoln was that person in US history.
The greatest case for American exceptionalism is Abraham Lincoln. At exactly the most crucial time in our nation's history, the greatest thinker to be elected president is elected president. And the greatest t ...more
This book can be a bit heavy going at times, but it's a terrific ...more
The material on the Emancipation Proclamation was interesting, but seemed to be missing something.
In short, the book concentrated on comparing various versions of Lincoln's various manuscripts. For those whowant a study of various versions of documents, this is their text. ...more