The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows

Gabor Boritt (Author)
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Description

The words Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg comprise perhaps the most famous speech in history. Many books have been written about the Gettysburg Address and yet, as Lincoln scholar Gabor Boritt shows, there is much that we don't know about the speech. In The Gettysburg Gospel he tears away a century of myths, lies, and legends to give us a clear understanding of the greatest American's greatest speech.

In the aftermath of the bloodiest battle ever fought in North America, the little town of Gettysburg was overwhelmed. This was where Lincoln had to come to explain why the horror of war must continue. Boritt shows how Lincoln responded to the politics of the time, as well as how and when he wrote the various versions of his remarks. Few people initially recognized the importance of the speech, but over the years it would grow into American scripture, acquiring new and broader meanings.

Based on years of scholarship as well as a deep understanding of Lincoln and of Gettysburg itself, The Gettysburg Gospel is an indispensable book for anyone interested in the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, or American history

Product Details

Price
$17.00
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
February 01, 2008
Pages
415
Dimensions
6.44 X 1.06 X 9.21 inches | 1.07 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780743288217

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About the Author

Gabor Boritt is director of the Civil War Institute and the Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Reviews

"Elegant and absorbing...a definitive book." -- David Herbert Donald, author of Lincoln
"Revelatory...After Boritt, the Gettysburg Address can never be read, heard, or interpreted the same way again." -- Harold Holzer, author of Lincoln at Cooper Union
"A magisterial work, a brilliant and moving story...an instant classic." -- Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln