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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates by David Strathairn
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Mar 02, 2011

really liked it

This is an audio book. It is very well read by the narrators, one of whom is Richard Dreyfus.

This rendition is quite revealing historically. I believe Lincoln came out not quite the hero we thought, and that Stephen Douglas not quite the bad guy as our teachers portrayed him.

The difficulty truly is that each man was playing to the audience, and a modern listener is not going to get the nuance of these debates such that we would understand how each man truly felt.

But the narration is so good and communicates character so well, that it merits an effort to either borrow or buy it (like on

Having said all that, the Quality of the debate between Lincoln and Douglas is one for the ages!

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