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Abraham Lincoln: Great Speeches (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – Unabridged, November 20, 1991
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"I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom."
What you get from the book is a fabulous primary source from which to quote our sixteenth president. What you do not get is a lot of analysis on his underlying motivations. Although a short essay at the beginning of each discourse helps place Lincoln's words in historical context, you will not find a wealth of scholarly insight into why Lincoln gave each particular speech and what the implications were to the nation. Nevertheless, Great Speeches helps the reader understand this incredible man in a manner unbiased by the opinions of others.
Highly recommended for anyone wishing to learn more about President Lincoln and some of the issues he faced during a time of incredible national upheaval.
Lincoln is clearly a man who believed in right and wrong. He sees slavery as the great evil of his day. From the beginning of his political involvement to the day he died, his speeches show him as a man determined to do away with this evil.
If only we had one man in our political arena as interested in principles today. We have'nt had one in our Federal Government since Paul Wellstone died. Too many are money and/or power driven rather than having any interest in principle.
I do not say this to despair.
I picked up my copy of this book this spring at the gift shop of the National Historic site for Lincoln's birthplace. Both the site (which is beautiful and well worth seeing if you're ever in Kentucky) and the book stand as testimonies to what one determined man of principles can do.
Read these speeches if you get a chance.
I recommend them highly.
What's even more amazing is that Lincoln worked hard to educate himself, and his writing reflects someone who is in love with the usage and power of words, language, and meaning.
His style is somewhat outdated (punctuation usage has changed, and the odd capitalization of nouns is a holdover from possibly the Germanic influence on English) but never stilted or boring.
And, the Gettysburg Address is still eloquent (and powerful) after all of this time.
My only complaint has nothing to do with the book itself. It's that Amazon is now charging a $1.99 "sourcing fee", thereby raising the book's price from $1.50 to $3.49. Amazon, I wish you would do away with these fees!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful to see Christian belief at work in our Founding FathersPublished 10 months ago by Grandma opinions
This is a fine collection of Lincoln's speeches, spanning his time in Illinois politics and in Washington. Appelbaum did a good drop arranging and collecting these words. Read morePublished 14 months ago by empress8411
Being a native of Illinois we get plenty of "Lincoln" around here and you don't have to go far to discover by far our most revered president. Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by William G. Koster
Nice little collection of speeches and quotes to have in your library to use as needed. Was given to me as a gift, and I've delved into it from time to time. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by Gabriel Pfefer
I have not read it yet, but for the price it is a great book and good to have all his speeches together.Published on May 3, 2013 by nonie
I received this book in a very bad condition...It looked as if it went through a war. I sent it back and the second copy was also in a very bad condition. I gave up!Published on March 30, 2013 by Maya
I'm not for sure about this book. I got it for my daughter for her college classes that she sent me a list of books she needs for the up coming semester in the Summer. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer