Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library)

Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library)


In a masterly paintings, Garry Wills exhibits how Lincoln reached again to the announcement of Independence to put in writing the best speech within the nation’s history.

The energy of phrases has not often been given a extra compelling demonstration than within the Gettysburg deal with. Lincoln used to be requested to memorialize the grotesque conflict. as a substitute he gave the total country “a new beginning of freedom” within the house of an insignificant 272 phrases. His complete lifestyles and former education and his deep political adventure went into this, his innovative masterpiece.

By reading either the tackle and Lincoln of their old second and cultural body, Wills breathes new lifestyles into phrases we concept we knew, and divulges a lot a couple of president so mythologized yet usually misunderstood. Wills exhibits how Lincoln got here to alter the area and to impact an highbrow revolution, how his phrases needed to and did whole the paintings of the weapons, and the way Lincoln wove a spell that has now not but been damaged.

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