Writing the Gettysburg Address

Writing the Gettysburg Address book coverFour score and seven years ago....  Are any six words better known, of greater import, or from a more crucial moment in our nation's history?  And yet after 150 years the dramatic and surprising story of how Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address has never been fully told.  Until now.

Martin Johnson's remarkable work of historical and literary detection illuminates a speech, a man, and a moment in history that we thought we knew.  Johnson guides readers on Lincoln's emotional and intellectual journey to the speaker's platform, revealing that Lincoln himself experienced writing the Gettysburg Address as an eventful process that was filled with the possibility of failure, but which he knew resulted finally in success beyond expectation.

University Press of Kansas, 2013.  Winner of the 2014 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.