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American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton (Library of America) [Hardcover]

By Ted Widmer (Editor)
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Item description for American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton (Library of America) by Ted Widmer...

Collects the unabridged texts of important speeches, including Patrick Henry's "liberty or death" speech, women's rights speeches by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Grover Cleveland's address dedicating the Statue of Liberty.

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American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton (Library of America) by Ted Widmer has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 581
  • New York Times - 01/07/2007 page 24
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 472
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 816

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Pages   875
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 5, 2006
Publisher   Library of America
Age  18
ISBN  1931082987  
ISBN13  9781931082983  

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Ted Widmer is the director of the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College. He is the author of "Young America" and the co-author, with Alan Brinkley, of "Campaigns." Widmer served as senior adviser to President Clinton and director of speechwriting at the National Security Council. He lives in Maryland.

Ted Widmer has published or released items in the following series...

  1. American Presidents (Times)

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1Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > General
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics > General
3Books > Subjects > Reference > Words & Language > Rhetoric

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Like mixing Einstein and Daffy Duck  Oct 24, 2006
The title of this book should be an alert as how one could class the oratory work of Abraham Lincoln with Bill Clinton is beyond what a reasonable mind could accept. It is like having Albert Einstein and then including Daffy Duck.
For that reason, I wonder of the agenda and the claim that the author knows more than anyone about these speeches and how he can pass over the oratory of the Comanche, Cheyenne and Kiowa at the Medicine Lodge treaty or for that matter neglect the moving speeches of General Patton only to include Betty Friedan who history has already passed over like most to the recent "great" speeches included here.
There is just too much a mix of extraordinary with the mundane which appears like a political spin to try and make people like Bill Clinton appear great by sticking him in with Lincoln. How one can compare the destruction of a people in the words of Chief Joseph to what some of these speeches entail is pure rhetoric.
One would do better to seek out the people who made the speeches in biographies and autobiographies than to invest in this rendered work, but if you enjoy rolling your eyes in how the compiler includes paid speech writers for leaders with people like Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Chief Joseph.....then you probably will enjoy this book.
1 star to alert readers to think before they buy.
A treasury of complete American political speeches from Reconstruction to Bill Clinton  Oct 6, 2006
About a third of these speeches were delivered in my lifetime and I am pretty aware of most of the speeches included that were delivered during 1963 and later. Yes, I was young, but I was paying attention. I grew up with the echoes of WWII and Korea in my ears and the threat of nuclear war a part of the fabric of my life. The political speeches do not constitute everything that went into the crazy and tumultuous years that made up the sixties and seventies, but they were a reflection and were themselves an important portion of those times and events. The names if JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Malcom X, LBJ, Carter, and Reagan resonate well even today.

This volume begins with Lincoln's speech on Reconstruction, Sojourner Truth is here, as is Frederick Douglass. Chief Joseph's brief and poignant reply to General Howard is here as is Oliver Wendell Holmes' powerful address on Memorial Day. Grover Cleveland's address dedicating the Statue of Liberty, Elizabeth Cady Stanton's "The Solitude of Self", Booker T. Washington's "Address to the Atlanta Exposition" are all included.

Teddy Roosevelt is well represented as are speeches by Eugene Debs, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Truman, Oppenheimer, and Betty Friedan.

Because the speeches are given in their complete form, it is a great treasury for the student of American history. Too often, a sentence or two is used to represent the whole of the speech and that seldom provides enough context of structure for the argument of the speech.

There are biographical notes on the speakers and notes on the text provided in the back of book along with and index.

Terrific work and something you should have (with its companion volume) on your bookshelf.

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