The Greatest Speech, Ever.
The Greatest Speech, Ever
James L. Cotton Jr.
History Publishing Company, LLC
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Palisades, New York 10964-0700
9781933909929 $18.95 www.historypublishing.com
The Greatest Speech, Ever: The Remarkable Story of Abraham Lincoln and His Gettysburg Address is an in-depth history of President Lincoln's immortal speech, famously made after one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War. Author James L. Cotton Jr. (adjunct faculty of Roane State Community College) is open in his admiration for Lincoln's gift notable and crucial words, which embodied the collective effort to save the fractured Union. "Lincoln composed and delivered the Gettysburg Address in a style radically different from the great orators of his day. Lincoln's oratorical skills had been forged along the way in his climb from the bottom rung of his social and economic world, up to the highest office in the land, a process of beating down, bending and hammering out the steel in a man which would produce a speaking style that was real and authentic. It was a style that would pull the public to him like a lodestone." A handful of black-and-white photographs and an index round out this glowing chronicle, which carefully places events and perspectives of the speech on context, as well as weighing in on debates that continue to this day about Lincoln's psychology and motives. Highly recommended.
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|Title Annotation:||The American History Shelf; The Greatest Speech, Ever: The Remarkable Story of Abraham Lincoln and His Gettysburg Address|
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2014|
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