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Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words

Well-known Lincoln author Douglas L. Wilson discusses Abraham Lincoln as literary craftsman in this important book. Find out how our sixteenth president carefully revised and rewrote his important papers, wrote unprecedented public letters, and influenced generations to come with his powerful thinking and gift of written expression.

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  • Basler, Roy P., ed. Abraham Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings. New York: Da Capo Press, Inc., reprinted 1990.

  • Basler, Roy P., ed. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, 9 vols. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1953. Supplement, 1832-1865. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1974.

  • Bachelder, Louise, ed. Abraham Lincoln: Wisdom and Wit. Peter Pauper Press, 1998.

  • Boritt, Gabor, ed. Of the People, By the People, For the People: and Other Quotations from Abraham Lincoln. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.

  • Boritt, Gabor. The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows. Simon & Schuster, 2006.

  • Briggs, John C. Lincoln's Speeches Reconsidered. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

  • Corry, John A. Lincoln at Cooper Union. Xlibris Corp., 2003.

  • Dodge, Daniel and Hurt, James. Abraham Lincoln: The Evolution of His Literary Style. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000.

  • Elmore, A. E. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: Echoes of the Bible and Book of Common Prayer. Southern Illinois University Press, 2009.

  • Gienapp, William E. This Fiery Trial: The Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln. Oxford University Press, 2002.

  • Graham, Kent. November: Lincoln's Elegy at Gettysburg. Indiana University Press, 2001.

  • Griessman, Gene. The Words Lincoln Lived By: 52 Timeless Principles to Light Your Path. Fireside Books, 1998.

  • Hertz, Emanuel, ed. Lincoln Talks: A Biography in Anecdote. New York: Viking, 1939.

  • Holzer, Harold. Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Abraham Lincoln President. Simon & Schuster, 2004.

  • Hirsch, David and Van Haften, Dan. Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason. Savas Beatie, 2010.

  • Humes, James C. The Wit & Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln: A Treasury of Quotations, Anecdotes, and Observations. Gramercy, 1999.

  • Johnson, Martin P. Writing the Gettysburg Address. University Press of Kansas, 2013.

  • Kaplan, Fred. Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer. Harper, October 2008.

  • Kerner, Fred, ed. A Treasury of Lincoln Quotations. Chicago: Americana House, 1996.

  • Landon, Roberta, ed. The Illustrated Gettysburg Address. Grammercy, 2000.

  • Lehrman, Lewis E. Lincoln at Peoria. Stackpole Books, 2008.

  • Leidner, Gordon. A Commitment to Honor: A Unique Portrait of Abraham Lincoln in His Own Words. Rutledge Hill PRess, 2000.

  • Lincoln, Abraham; Library of Congress, with commentary by Douglas L. Wilson, John R. Sellers, Lloyd A. Dunlap, David C. Mearns. Long Remembered: Lincoln and His Five Versions of the Gettysburg Address. Levenger Press, 2011.

  • Lincoln, Abraham. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases. University of Virginia Press, April 2008.

  • Mieder, Wolfgang. The Proverbial Abraham Lincoln: An Index to Proverbs in the Works of Abraham Lincoln. Peter Lang Publishing, 2000.

  • Segal, Charles M. (compiler). Conversations with Lincoln. Transactions Publishing, 2002.

  • Simpson, Brooks D. Think Anew, Act Anew: Abraham Lincoln on Slavery, Freedom, and Union. Harlan Davidson, 1998.

  • Sterns, Philip Van Doren, ed. The Life and Writings of Abraham Lincoln. Modern Library Paperback Classics, 2000.

  • Tackach, James. Lincoln's Moral Vision: The Second Inaugural Address. University Press of Mississippi, 2002.

  • Thomas, Benjamin; Michael Burlingame (editor). Lincoln's Humor and Other Essays. University of Illinois Press, 2002.

  • Wieck, Carl F. Lincoln's Quest for Equality: The Road to Gettysburg. Northern Illinois Press, 2002.

  • White, Ronald C. Jr. The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words. Random House, 2005
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  • White, Ronald C., Jr. Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural. Simon & Schuster, 2002. Large Print Edition. Paperback Edition.

  • Wills, Garry. Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America. Touchstone Books, 1993.

  • Wilson, Douglas L. Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words. Alfred A. Knopf, 2006

  • Zall, Paul M. Abe Lincoln Laughing. University of Tennessee Press, 1995.

  • Zall, Paul M. Lincoln on Lincoln. University Press of Kentucky, 1999.

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