History Publishing Company has agreed to publish The Greatest Speech Ever: The Remarkable Story of Abraham Lincoln and His Gettysburg Address by Judge James L. Cotton, Jr. The Foreword is by Former Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr., of Tennessee.

In the preface, the author prepares the reader for that remarkable story. He writes, “By design, I strived to make the book more than a specialized monograph about the Gettysburg Address,

“Accordingly, I have digressed along the way in telling the story about the great speech, taking side excursions and backroads into Abraham Lincoln’s remarkable life ­— exploring his father-son relationship and hardscrabble childhood, his formative years as a young man in New Salem, the vexing issue of slavery and colonization, and his courageous but controversial Emancipation Proclamation.

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