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

by Garry Wills | History | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0743299639 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ResQgeek of Alexandria, Virginia USA on 7/17/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by ResQgeek from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Several years ago, I picked up several copies of this book at the Book Thing of Baltimore. Most of those copies were registered and released, but my daughter held on to this one, hoping to read it. I don't know that she ever did, but it was in a pile she made of books she no longer wanted, so I'm registering it now and will release it soon.

Journal Entry 2 by ResQgeek at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Tuesday, July 17, 2018
After searching my registered books, I see that I registered six other copies of this book. I did read one of them, and these were my thoughts:

The subtitle of this book suggests that Lincoln's speech at Gettysburg changed America. The author argues, reasonably persuasively, the Lincoln was consciously using the speech to rally people to his view of the nature of the American experiment in democracy. While this book is somewhat dry and academic in its treatment of the material, it does place the Gettysburg Address in the context of the speech making styles of the time, and shows how Lincoln not only changed how people thought of the United States, but also how they made political speeches.

While most people today would probably take Lincoln's views on the nature of the Union that binds the states together, at the time of his speech, this was not only not universally accepted, but it was the very issue that Lincoln saw at the root of the Civil War. This book helps place Lincoln's most famous speech into the context of the politics, the war and the social climate of its time. The result is a deeper appreciation for the importance and impact of this short speech.

All of the other six copies were released into the wild, including one at Mt. Rushmore, 2 in Gettysburg, PA, and one at the visitor's center for Lincoln's home in Springfield, IL.

Journal Entry 3 by ResQgeek at Wheaton, Maryland USA on Saturday, July 21, 2018

Released 4 mos ago (7/21/2018 UTC) at Wheaton, Maryland USA


This book will be available at the monthly BC-in-DC meeting.

Journal Entry 4 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Sunday, July 22, 2018
I went to Gettysburg 2 weeks ago and wished I had held onto at least one of the 2 copies that came from MaryZee so I could wild release it. Of course, I am also quite interested in reading it, but the size of Mt. TBR is enough to make me cry. Maybe the friend I went to Gettysburg with would be interested in reading it.

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