The Gettysburg Address by Jonathan Hennessey

The Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation is a full-color illustrated look at Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speech, the bloody battle of the Civil War that prompted it, and how they led to a defining point in the history of America. Most of us can recall “Four score and seven years ago,” but much of what we know about Abraham Lincoln’s oration has been forgotten after high school. Using Lincoln’s words as a keystone, and drawing fr...

Details The Gettysburg Address

TitleThe Gettysburg Address
Release DateJun 25th, 2013
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreHistory, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, Comics, Military History, Civil War

Reviews The Gettysburg Address

  • L. McCoy
    (Sigh) I’m interested in history and I like comics. I should like this book... but holy shit, it has problems.What’s it about?This is a comic that is meant to teach readers about the American Civil War and The Gettysburg Address.Pros:The book’s subject matter is interesting.The art is fantastic. It’s all well drawn and uses a wide variety of art styles so yeah, I would say that the art is without a doubt the thing that this book has going...
  • Ken
    I found this book revelational. Broken down into chapters named after passages of the Gettysburg Address, the book covers much more than the titular speech, from the founding of our country to the motivations and consequences of the Civil War. My education in American history is sorely lacking, and The Gettysburg Address taught me many things that I'd never spent much time thinking about: the discrepancies between the Declaration and the Constitu...
  • Mike
    An incredibly informative, nuanced, and comprehensive take on slavery, Lincoln, and the Civil War. I went into this book prepared to vet it as a potential middle school teaching volume, and put it down having been illuminated and engaged by the facts presented within. Hennessey's book on the Gettysburg Address represents a terrific potential for the graphic novel form to engage and teach readers. Highly recommended!
  • Spectre
    My first experience with a graphic book and most likely my last. The authors lectured me throughout the book cramming US history from prehistoric times to the present with a "bullet point" approach attempting to take a neutral "academic" position. Their use of Lincoln's speech was the highlight of the book but there are too many great books on the Civil War to waste time with this graphic presentation. (Note the map of Alabama on p. 125).
  • Patrick Sherriff
    An engrossing, surprisingly intelligent analysis of the US Civil War, its causes and continuing impact on modern American life, and all through the prism of the 272 words that Lincoln spoke at the site of the battle that decided the outcome of the war. A few key points that I came away with from the text: philosophically there is a contradiction between the Declaration of Independence's stress on equality "All men are created equal" and the Const...
  • Jamie
    Wonderful, truly. Very carefully researched; thoughtful, balanced presentation of the larger picture - careful to not polish up either side; viscerally illustrated; concise yet thorough - distillation of essential facts. Easy to read, serious page turner, most fun I've ever had reading about such painful things.
  • Adam Shields
    Short Review: The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation - great art, sophisticated history and political science, clear direction. A great example of non-fiction graphic novel that is appropriate both for high school students and adults.My full review is on my blog at
  • Matt
    Read this, read this, read this.
  • CaroKilia
    A very compelling and clear explanation of the politics of the time. The organisation of the "chapters" around the words of the Gettysburg Address is a brilliant idea.
  • Matt Kelland
    Superb. Like their adaptation of the US Constitution, it explains the issues well, sets them in their historical context, shows the effects today, and does it all in a way that's accessible, entertaining, and memorable. A remarkable achievement.
  • Dani
    Too often, the Civil War is both viewed (and taught) and as a very clear-cut, simple matter of the "good-guy northerners" fighting the "evil and rebellious southerners" over slavery. This book does a wonderful job of going far beyond that shallow dichotomy and instead looks at the many issues and influential events which culminated in the Civil War. This book is not an analysis of the Gettysburg Address, though some analysis is included. Instead,...
  • Cyrano
    As a history major, I loved this book. I'm fairly certain this would be a satisfying read if you weren't a history major, though. The graphic presentation helps to break things down into digestible paragraphs rather than imposing blocks of text, and if you have a more visual learning style and found history boring and impenetrable, there's that too. The art is pretty good, the pages have a nice weight to them that says 'this is kind of important'...
  • Lana
    This is quite an amazing work. I picked it up thinking I would find an accessible history of the Gettysburg Address, or at most, the Civil War. Instead it's a sophisticated argument about politics in the early days of American history. It's excellent and invigorating to read. It's amazing in its brevity of words and appropriateness of the graphic novel form. If I was teaching an early American history class, I would assign this right alongside th...
  • Chalida
    I learned so much from this book. It is much more than the speech, but how the origins of Lincoln's GA came about. The beginnings of slavery, why it flourished in the South, Lincoln's beliefs in the union as accordance the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, strong positions of big vs small government, union vs. state's rights, are we whole or are we separate? Arguments going on in the political landscape of today. I've never been m...
  • Joe K
    A fantastic book that traces the Civil War from the founding of the country to today. You know how people say that history repeats itself? After reading this book, I see how many of the political battles we see today have already happened, often multiple times. I came in thinking I knew a decent about the Civil War, and I left realizing that I knew next to nothing. Highly recommended to everyone.
  • Malcolm
    For an introduction to the Civil War, I think this book is excellent. This should not be the end point of learning about it, but maybe for a reluctant reader who just wants to build a little background knowledge I could not think of a better way to start. One of the things that I really liked about it, was how it did not shy away from introducing some of the more complex issues.
  • Vincent Migliore
    The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation is an amazing book about the civil war which clearly had a lot of research and commitment put into it. The art is phenomenal and it is very educating that should be taught in both high school and middle school due to the information being easy to digest, but very thorough. This is a good quick read and if you get the chance should definitely read it.
  • Matthew
    This would be a superb work to use for a review of all of US History for an advanced placement student getting ready for the examination.
  • Dakota Morgan
    Perhaps the best of Hennessey's graphic adaptations of the literature you studied in high school Civics class. Here, Hennessey dissects the lines of the Gettysburg Address, using each as a jumping-off point for a quick lesson about American history. From pre-Revolutionary War times to now, it's amazing to see how potent the Gettysburg Address was and still is in how it touched on what it means to be American. I definitely learned more about our c...
  • Mike Higgins
    An absolute treasure of a book. It takes the Gettysburg Address, line by line, and ties it to the Nation’s past, present, and future in a succinct and well-reasoned way. On top of that, the artwork is top-notch, and really advances the general themes and arguments of the book in a stellar way. Highly, highly recommended.
  • Sean McGrath
    Utterly brilliant, nuanced, honest, and factual portrayal of American history through the lens of the Gettysburg Address. Perhaps too high of a reading level for most middle schoolers - initially why I started reading it - but a worthwhile and fascinating read for adults (and high schoolers if you’re into that sorta thing).
  • Emily Schmader
    This book was an excellent way to review American history and contemplate the ways the Civil War has and still does impact our country. I definitely recommend reading history in graphic novel form.
  • Holly
    This book was great and really informative. I was able to visit the Gettysburg battlefield on my way home to Chicago from Philadelphia while reading it, which was awesome. I would recommend the book, but also visiting the battlefield!
  • Smg
    Excellent. I feel like all the kids I know should read this. I've bought copies for some of them even.
  • Kathleen Nalley
    While not a graphic novel fan, I love learning something new with brevity of words.
  • Mike
    Really interesting way to tie together various strands of history and illuminate the words of one of the most important speeches in American history.
  • Sara
    Enjoyed this one a lot, but not an easy read for the average middle school student in my classroom. It's not "difficult" but it's dense!
  • George P.
    Jonathan Hennessy and Aaron McConnell, The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation (New York: William Morrow, 2013). $15.99, 224 pages.At the outset, I should confess that I am not a reader of graphic novels. Indeed, The Gettysburg Address by Jonathan Hennessy (writer) and Aaron McConnell (artist) is the first one I have ever read from cover to cover, let alone with any enjoyment. I am, however, a lover of all things Lincoln, so in the sesquicen...
  • Becky B
    Ok, US History teachers, let me give you some advice. If you want your students to really remember the unit on the US Civil War and maybe even get caught reading ahead, ignore the textbook and get your students copies of this instead. Two words come to mind when thinking back on this book: thorough and deep. Don't let the title fool you. This is not just about The Gettysburg Address. Hennessey does an impeccable job of using the Gettysburg addres...
  • Woods
    Written by Jonathan Hennessey, Art by Aaron McConnell. The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation. New York, Harper Collins Publishers, 2013. This book is intended for reader 11 years old and up, but even adults to any age would most likely find this engaging and informative. As the name implies, this graphic novel is about the Gettysburg address, however it also rolls in a lot of information about the Civil War generally, and about civil right...