reconstruction: a CONcise history (Oxford University Press, 2018)


Redeeming the Great Emancipator (Harvard University Press, 2016)

Guelzo (Gettysburg: The Last Invasion), a professor of the Civil War era at Gettysburg College, argues that understanding why Lincoln still merits the title of Great Emancipator is essential to healthy race relations in the U.S., explaining his rationale with three lectures he gave at Harvard in 2012. He begins with a review of the significance of emancipation, and the evidence, which he finds compelling, that Lincoln was deeply committed to ending slavery. Guelzo carefully parses and contextualizes Lincoln’s statements and personality, noting that the “problem with our apprehension of Lincoln’s antislavery is that he seems to have gone about it in what we would regard as a bafflingly obtuse fashion.” For example, Lincoln did not view slavery as primarily a racial issue, but as a political and economic one. Guelzo responds to critics of Lincoln’s lack of racial empathy by noting that the president was “the wrong man for expressions of empathy on almost any subject.” Addressing the controversy surrounding demands for reparations for descendants of slaves, Guelzo also illustrates his conviction that students of history must not allow simplicity to crowd out complexity, pointing out the issues that make identifying the affected class a challenge. Guelzo’s exploration of Lincoln’s reputation is both accessible and thought provoking.”Publisher’s Weekly (December 7, 2015)              (Harvard University Press, 2016)

Lincoln: An Intimate Portrait (TimeLife Books, 2014)

Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (Knopf/Random House, 2013) “[A] rich, original work. . . . Guelzo’s book enlarges the conventional battle narrative. . . . It’s his expansive, rolling storytelling that makes this book so engrossing and sets Guelzo’s Gettysburg apart from the many others. . . . Through those pages runs a thoroughly readable description of every hour of those three hellish days, in enough detail to satisfy the keenest student of tactics and courage. Some good battle histories are crackling accounts of tactical moves and soldiers’ memories, stepping along as jauntily as a Sousa march. This one proceeds more like a stately symphony, solemn but enlivened by surprise digressions and meditations, taking its time, building to a finish that is familiar to all, yet seldom conducted so eloquently.”
The Washington Post

Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction (Oxford University Press, 2012) "Allen C. Guelzo's new book should occupy the same position in the current Civil War sesquicentennial as Bruce Catton's books did 50 years ago during the war's centennial. Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War & Reconstruction deserves this prominence for Guelzo's thorough knowledge of the subject, his ability to draw fresh conclusion, and his exceptional writing skills." --The Saturday Evening Post

Lincoln Speeches (Penguin USA, 2012) 

Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2009) 

Abraham Lincoln as a Man of Ideas (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009)“Allen Guelzo is one of the finest Lincoln scholars of our generation, and this book of essays reveals once again a unique combination of impeccable scholarship with a wonderfully readable narrative style.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America (Simon & Schuster, 2008)

The New England Theology: From Jonathan Edwards to Edwards Amasa Park (Baker Book House, 2006)

Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (New York: Simon & Shuster, 2004); winner, The Lincoln Prize, 2005; winner, 2005 Book Prize of the Abraham Lincoln Institute

Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1999) winner, The Lincoln Prize, 2000; winner, 2000 Book Prize of the Abraham Lincoln Institute of the Mid-Atlantic "It is a testament to the strength of "Redeemer President" that the matters it addresses resist easy summary. The value of the book itself, however, is easy enough to state: Out of the countless volumes written about our 16th president, it ranks quite simply among the best". -- Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2000

Edwards In Our Time: Jonathan Edwards and the Shaping of American Religion with Sang Hyun Lee (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1999)

Josiah Gilbert Holland’s Life of Abraham Lincoln (1866; University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books, 1998)

For the Union of Evangelical Christendom: The Irony of the Reformed Episcopalians, 1873-1930 (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994) winner, Albert C. Outler Prize in Ecumenical Church History, The American Society of Church History, 1994


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