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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,435 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Garry Wills Narrator: Garry Wills Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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There is perhaps no more compelling example of the power of words than Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In merely 272 words, Lincoln gave the nation a new birth of freedom by tracing its history to the Declaration of Independence, as well as incorporating elements of the Greek revival and Transcendentalism. Lincoln's entire life and deep political experience went into the creation of his revolutionary masterpiece. By examining both the Address and Lincoln in their historical and cultural context, noted historian Garry Wills breathes news life into words we thought we knew and reveals much about a President so easily mythologized but often misunderstood. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer W | 2/10/2014

    " That was a slog. I love the Gettysburg Address, I get misty-eyed every time I go to DC and see the Lincoln Memorial. I did learn a thing or two from this book, but I'd rather have my heartstrings pulled at the sheer beauty of the Address than understand the Roman roots or Transcendentalism or the Oedipus complex Lincoln may have suffered from. I hope to soon forget the heavy academia and get back to the joy of the awe-inspiring Gettysburg Address. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bill W. | 2/8/2014

    " A thoughtful study of Lincoln's famed address dedicating the Gettysburg battleground cemetery little more than four months after the climactic struggle there in 1863. Wills' study includes a really fascinating comparison between Lincoln's address and the formal structures of historic Greek orations, especially eulogies and apologias; he makes a convincing case that in his speech Lincoln quite consciously struck parallels with classic Greek forms. Wills includes an extended and surprisingly interesting discussion of the history of cemeteries in America, as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 2/8/2014

    " Most interesting discussion of the influences on Lincoln that helped shaped the Gettysburg Address. I found the discussion of the 19th century Garden Cemetery movement most interesting, especially after having visited Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. However, the most interesting discussion was about the way in which Lincoln changed the perception of the US Constitution, an argument which I believe is correct. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Terence | 2/3/2014

    " Perhaps I should put this in a trilogy including Explaining America and Inventing America. Here, Wills shows how Lincoln's Gettysburg Address foreshadowed our conception of the United States today (just a minor semantic example: prior to 1865, I would have written "these United States," as if I were referring to a collection of independent but allied states, not a nation). "

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