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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This recorded course from the spectacular Great Courses series serves as both a master class in the art of rhetoric, and a deep dive into the evolving philosophies of Abraham Lincoln through his remarkable career. Listening to this course will forever change your view about the 16th president, the civil war, and the state of the union and racism in the mid-19th century.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Abraham Lincoln: In His Own Words?
Perhaps it's because my interest was more about the latter than the former, but I will admit that I didn't really get seriously into this course until about halfway through, when we got to Lincoln's presidency, the Civil War, and his most famous speeches.
The Lincoln Douglas debates during his early Senatorial race are fascinating, but they took up a lot of this course and the discussion around them was as much about Lincoln's debating style and tactics as it was about the substance of his developing philosophy. All that being said, I must admit that understanding how his philosophies developed over time is critical to understanding the man in his later years (and critical for understanding how his 1858 "House Divided" speech was misunderstood then and still today).
What about Professor David Zarefsky’s performance did you like?
Professor Zarefsky is passionate about the subject and is clearly among the foremost Lincoln scholars.
Any additional comments?
It is worth noting that this course is one of the oldest of The Great Courses recordings, dating back to the 1990s. It's introduced as "The Great Courses on Tape"(!) and Professor Zarefsky can actually be heard flipping pages of notes as he speaks. This of course takes nothing from the excellent presentation of the material.
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? do you have an enduring fascination with abraham lincoln
? do today's modern political candidates seem cheap by comparison
? would it be helpful to know the origins of lincoln's words and thoughts
david zarefsky been a university professor of lincoln's rhetoric for a generation
it's probably very appropriate that he teaches at Northwestern in Chicago, Illinois
his insightful familiarity with all of lincoln's writings and speeches is self-evident
zarefsky's examination of the term rhetoric was, for me, particularly useful
rhetoric, by its' very nature, is speech that tries to convince or persuade
it keeps in mind, at all times, the nature and prejudices of its' intended audience
lincoln's emancipation and inaugural and gettysburg addresses are familiar
but, the memorable themes of those speeches are found in his earlier discourses
zarefsky has the ability to connect those dots in a profound and indelible way
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