This full color graphic adaptation of one of the most famous American speeches comes from the authors of The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation, which The Village Voice named a Best Book of 2008 calling it “Intelligently written, lushly illustrated . . . A civics lesson no one should miss.” It garnered praise from writers like Cory Doctorow and Rachael Maddow (“The coolest thing since Schoolhouse Rock.”)
Publishers Weekly suggests the new graphic history by Hennessey and McConnell will receive similar praise:
“Hennessey’s text pores over Lincoln’s address and breaks down its 271 words into 17 sections, explaining the meaning of each passage from both historical and philosophical viewpoints, bolstered with exhaustive amounts of historical information. McConnell’s artwork lends the text considerable evocative gravitas and relates the stark truth of the Civil War and the years leading up to it, avoiding the larger-than-life, emotionally manipulative tropes sometimes found in depictions of that dire period. A real revelation that puts the speech’s content in proper context rather than presenting it as a bunch of pre-recorded hoary platitudes issuing from the mouth of an animatronic figure in a gaudy theme park.”
— Publishers Weekly
The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation (9780061969768) by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell. $15.99 trade paper original. 6/25/13 on sale.