The Gettysburg Address

ISBN: 0395883970
ISBN 13: 9780395883976
By: Abraham Lincoln Michael McCurdy

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The words of President Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address are as relevant and meaningful today as they were in 1863. This magnificent book is a stunning exploration of some of the most powerful words ever spoken in American history.

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John Yelverton

Probably the greatest political speech over made at exactly the moment it needed to be made.

Killer Rabbit

I tear up every time I read this short speech that U.S. President Abraham Lincoln gave at the site of a Civil War battle where so many Union and Confederate soldiers died, fighting for what their side believed was a just cause: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Lisa A.

If asked what great Americans past or present I would like to meet, Abraham Lincoln would definitely be in the top 10. His eloquent words stir the mind and the soul. They not only acknowledge the terrible state of our country during the Civil War but also give hope about what our country could become. It's been said that he wrote the Gettysburg Address while suffering from scarlet fever, if so he did an amazing job of overcoming his own pain and suffering to bring hope to our nation.

Maurice Lacerda

This book makes you understand why Abraham Lincoln is one of the most important and celebrated statesmen of all time.


The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln was a short story with big meaning! This book was about slavery and civil war. In this book I enjoyed the pictures. My favorite picture was of Abraham Lincoln saying The Gettysburg Address. I learned a lot from this book about slavery.


What can you say about arguably the greatest speech ever written? I cannot do it justice but I will write a review just the same.It is needless for me to introduce Abraham Lincoln; if you don't already know who he is I doubt you would be reading this review. All I can say is that he was, beyond all doubt, one of the greatest US Presidents who lead his country through one of their greatest trials; civil war.During the civil war there was a very famous battle which turned the tide of the war: Gettysburg. Union forces claimed victory and routed the southern Confederate Army. Heavy losses were suffered on both sides but it was the beginning of the end for the south. Months after the battle finished President Lincoln made this speech at Gettysburg, in which he commemorates the memory of the brave men who fought and died. He also reminded his audience that they gave all for the cause of liberty.The speech is very brief, it only took Lincoln two minutes to read, but it is a powerful, touching and meaningful master class in oration. I am certain I will re-read it many times. The book is free to download which is great.My only tiny criticism is more with the 'book' than the speech. There is no introduction, preamble or back ground information at all. The book just literally contains the speech which takes less than a minute to read to yourself. I feel a brief introduction explaining what happened at Gettysburg and why the speech was so important would have been a very nice touch and would certainly have earned the book five stars


Some of the best speeches ever are super super short. Modern politicians could learn something from it.

Jill Brown

The only text in the book is Abraham Lincoln's speech. Every page is a few lines from his speech and illustrated to reflect what he was saying. There is an author's foreward to explain the history of it or importance of it.

Etta Mcquade

The black and white drawings by Michael McCurdy are memorable, as, of course, is the text.


For some reason I forgot that I had read the entirety of the speech at the Lincoln Memorial. I thought that was just an excerpt. This is the recommended viewing area. Amazing, obviously.

Susan Alvarado

Something every American should read at least once in their life. Completely moving, especially in the times we live in today. We could all take a chapter out of Lincoln's book

Sara Caroline

This book is about the Gettysburg address and when Abe Lincoln got shot . Even though this book is small , it is still very good


I really liked this book. This book is basically just the Gettysburg address in picture book form. The thing I liked was its amazing illustrations. The thing I didn't like is that it doesn't describe things like how did the Gettysburg address impact America or other facts about the Gettysburg address but a pretty good book.

Josh Hellams

It's a book about the civil war and the Gettysburg address It's a short book but heart touching In this book it is about the civil war and abe lincon's dicisons

Alix Turner

Inspiring is one word you could use to describe this book. The trick is getting children and students to take the time to like it.

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