White takes us back to when great men believed in the power of words to change the world. . . . This book . . . is a treasure to read, a spur to thinking, a small volume with fascinating history. The Denver Post
In The Eloquent President, historian Ronald C. White, Jr., examines Abraham Lincoln's astonishing oratory and explores his growth as a leader, a communicator, and a man of deepening spiritual conviction. Examining a different speech, address, or public letter in each chapter, White tracks the evolution of Lincoln's rhetoric from the measured tones of the First Inaugural to the immortal poetry of the Gettysburg Address. As he weighs the biblical cadences and vigorous parallel structures that make Lincoln's rhetoric soar, White identifies a passionate religious strain that most historians have overlooked. It is White's contention that, as president, Lincoln not only grew into an inspiring leader and determined commander in chief, but also embarked on a spiritual odyssey that led to a profound understanding of the relationship between human action and divine will. With grace and insight, White captures the essence of the four most critical years of Lincoln's life and makes his great words live for our time in all their power and beauty.
About the Author
RONALD C. WHITE, JR. is the author of Lincoln s Greatest Speech and The Eloquent President. He earned his Ph.D. at Princeton and has lectured on Lincoln at hundreds of universities and organizations including Gettysburg and the White House. He is presently a fellow at the Huntington Library and a visiting professor of history at UCLA. He lives in La Canada, California.
“An insightful, highly readable exploration of literary genius.” –The Washington Post Book World
“Outstanding . . . Lincoln’s eloquence was of such a rare kind. Ronald C. White captures its qualities admirably.”
–The Wall Street Journal
“A sheer pleasure . . . It’s hard to say what’s more edifying: reading Abraham Lincoln’s words or reading Ronald C. White, Jr.’s illuminating take on Lincoln’s words.”
–The Sunday Oregonian
“Magnificent . . . White’s scholarship is exceptional.”
–The Sunday Oklahoman