Next week, on February 12, we mark the birthday of one of the most iconic of American figures, Abraham Lincoln. I can think of no better way to honor and remember the great man than by diving into The Speeches & Writings of Abraham Lincoln: The Library of America Collection – a new anthology edited by Don E. Fehrenbacher.

About The Speeches & Writings of Abraham Lincoln edited by Don E. Fehrenbacher:

“The definitive Library of America edition of Lincoln’s essential writings, now in a deluxe two-volume boxed set Abraham Lincoln, America’s heroic Civil War president, was also the greatest writer ever to occupy the White House. His addresses at Gettysburg and at his inaugurals, his presidential messages and public lectures, are an essential record of the war and have forever shaped the nation’s memories of it. This deluxe two-volume boxed set gathers Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1832-1858 and Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1859-1865, first published in 1990, which together have been hailed as ‘the best selection of Lincoln’s writings available today, perhaps the best ever’ (Christian Science Monitor). Edited by the late historian Don E. Fehrenbacher, these two books include all Lincoln’s significant works from the entirety of his public life, including both sides of the complete Lincoln-Douglas debates, dozens of speeches, hundreds of personal and political letters, communications to the generals in the field, presidential messages and proclamations, poems, and private reflections on democracy, slavery, and the meaning of the Civil War’s immense suffering.”

Here is the public life of Abraham Lincoln in his own words unfiltered by historians and popular culture. Pick any page and you will come to understand the man, his times, and why he remains the most revered of American presidents.

The Speeches & Writings of Abraham Lincoln: The Library of America Collection is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.