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Lincoln at Gettysburg -The words That Remade America By Garry Wills The book I chose to read is Lincoln at Gettysburg by Garry Wills It is the book about the Gettysburg Address famous speech that United States president Abraham Lincoln presented at Gettysburg on November 19 1863 He presented it at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery honoring those who died in the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg earlier that year The book received two prestigious rewards Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award In his book Wills lays the true meaning and intent of Lincolns historic speech He describes the speech as the 272 words that changed the future of our country The power of words has rarely been given a more compelling demonstration than in the Gettysburg Address By examining both Gettysburg Address and Lincoln in their historical moment and cultural frame Wills gives new life into his words and reveals much about a president so mythologized but often misunderstood The book is very readable and is suitable for anyone who is interested in history as well as the art of speech With his detailed analysis of the Lincolns Gettysburg Address and through facts and evidence he persuades the readers that Lincoln revolutionized the Revolution giving people a new past to live with that would change their future indefinitely38 Describing the power of Lincolns words Wills also gives us an understanding of importance of thorough preparation for public speaking Wills begins with a description of the consequence of the Gettysburg three-day battle that resulted in fifty thousand casualties The main speaker at Gettysburg was Edward Everett who was the champion at such declamatory occasions His speech lasted more than two hours Lincoln was invited through a casual invitation to deliver only a few appropriate remarks The United States president used that opportunity to present his words outside the normal round of proclamations and reports to Congress There were many
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