- Hardcover: 788 pages
- Publisher: Library of America; First Edition edition (October 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0940450631
- ISBN-13: 978-0940450639
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lincoln : Speeches and Writings : 1859-1865 (Library of America) Hardcover – October 1, 1989
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Clearly Abraham Lincoln is known for his two main speeches, The Gettysburg Address, and his Second Inaugural, along with the Emancipation Proclamation, which are all included in this fine compilation. But Lincoln's other writings are also so well done, and in a prose style that verges on poetic. His writings to McClellan, Hooker, Pope, Grant, et. al. make a fine reading of the Civil War from the Union side.
Perhaps the only president who wrote as well would be Theodore Roosevelt, whose letters written to his children are priceless. But Lincoln stands alone as the one man who had the tenacity to preserve the Union at whatever cost was necessary. Certainly the urgency and toughness required to do that comes out firmly in this volume.
For those who want to read Lincoln in his own words, for those who want to believe that political leadership and moral leadership can one day be with us again, I urge you to buy this volume.
Lincoln was quite the gifted writer and it definitely shows through in this work. His writing was clear, articulate, and very logical. Readers can really learn a lot just from his ability to construct a sentence.
This second volume covers Lincoln's writings from 1859-1865. The writings appear in chronological order and encompass his private correspondence, as well as his public speeches/addresses. Some of these important/famous writings included in this volume (2 of 2) are his FAREWELL ADDRESS AT SPRINGFIELD, FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS, APPEAL TO BOARDER-STATE REPS. FOR COMPENSATED EMANCIPATION, etc.
The second volume contains a lot more writings/speeches of Lincoln's which are as excellent as his famous ones. Lincoln was an interesting man, and that interest is reflected in his writings. I highly recommend this product.
Lincoln's greatness as a good man and his legacy as an astute, capable, and at times, shrewd politician is so well preserved by his writings. This book satisfies both that well-deserved reputation and his legacy as both an orator and author.