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The Eloquence of Edward Everett: America's Greatest Orator Hardcover – February 24, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1433110290 ISBN-10: 1433110296 Edition: First printing

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«Thanks to Richard A. Katula’s superb book, an altogether fitting and proper consequence of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday observance will be the rediscovery of the man who gave the other speech at the dedication of Gettysburg’s national cemetery. Edward Everett - statesman, educator, and orator - thus emerges in the twenty-first century as the nineteenth century knew him to be, an important figure in American history. And with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War fast approaching, his star should long continue to rise.» (Howard Coffin, distinguished historian of the 19th century, Civil War author and preservationist)
«Richard A. Katula brilliantly discusses the other orator at Gettysburg. Edward Everett, as the author makes abundantly clear, was a statesman in his own right. His service as an administrator, ambassador, and orator of the day added luster to nineteenth century American democracy. Anyone interested in the middle period of our history should read this book.» (Frank J. Williams, Founding Chair of the Lincoln Forum, former Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court)

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The Author: Richard A. Katula is Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Katula received his Ph.D. in rhetorical studies at the University of Illinois. He is the author or co-author of three other books, the most recent of which is A Synoptic History of Classical Rhetoric, 3rd Ed. (2003). He has also written and produced an award-winning documentary, The Gettysburg Address: A Speech for the Ages (2000). Professor Katula is a two-time Fulbright Scholar to Greece, and is currently the director of a National Endowment for the Humanities workshop entitled, «The American Lyceum: The Rhetoric of Idealism, Opportunity, and Abolition». (www.americanlyceum.neu.edu). Professor Katula is a frequent guest on radio and television programs on subjects such as political rhetoric and presidential debates.
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  • Hardcover: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.; First printing edition (February 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433110296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433110290
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edward C. Marth on October 26, 2009
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Professor Katula has added some important depth to American history. Anyone with an interest in the American scene before and during the Civil War should become familiar with the great contributions to unifying the country as exemplified in Everett's work to make saving Mt Vernon possible in a selfless way. The only speaker welcome both in the North and South as he toiled to raise money for the purchase of Mt Vernon before the war, and his speeches to save the union made him the obvious choice, now larely forgotten save this work, to electrify the audience at Gettysburg in 1863.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Kurczewski on November 17, 2009
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Professor Katula has given us a two-fer with this book. It is at once a splendid a splendid insight into the character and personality of an often overlooked hero of American oratory, and, at the same time a concise but thorough course in several types of oratory. We see what a great man Everett was through a telling of his life story and through the prism of his many classical speeches, which Professor Katula dissects with the skill of a surgeon. Readers will be drawn to the author's conclusion that Everett is America's greatest orator. I recommend this for both those interested in history and those interested in the art and science of classical oratory.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TJB1943 on October 30, 2009
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I would recommend this book both to the novice to the field (like myself), as well as the serious student, of rhetoric. This is not an exhaustive biography of the "Other Speaker at Gettysburg" (nor does it claim to be) but rather an overview as well as an analysis at times of the field of public oratory and the 19th century Golden Age of Oratory.

The author's admiration for the Classics (especially Cicero) comes through clearly in the book and makes one almost long for a return to the "Classical Education of Gentlemen".

All in all a good 'read' about a poorly publicized part of American history.
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