Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address of 1863 and John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address of 1961 are two of the shortest speeches in America’s history, yet they have had the most lasting impact. In fact, they rank as two of the world’s great iconic speeches.
For those who want to know the stories behind the making of each speech, you’ll find them in two of our Levenger Press books. (But you won’t find Levenger Press books anywhere but Levenger.)
The Library of Congress and Lincoln historian Doug Wilson provide the scholarship for the story of the Gettysburg Address—how, when and why Lincoln wrote five versions of it. The JFK Presidential Library and historian Roger Kennedy show how JFK (whose prose was influenced by Lincoln’s) crafted a message whose famous “Ask not” still resonates.
And then, by giving the reader full-size, full-color facsimiles of the documents that went into the making of both these speeches, we show you how two great thinkers edited and refined their messages.
Our Lincoln and Kennedy books are the same coffee-table size, 9 ½ x 12, and make excellent companions for the history lover’s bookshelf. Why not have a virtual browse of both the Lincoln book and the JFK book right now?