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Smart Talk: New book on Lincoln; Gettysburg hero

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 13, 2014 4:45 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, November 17, 2014:

President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington on April 14, 1865.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 16th president's death, LIFE has published a new book called Lincoln: An Intimate Portrait.

It's estimated there have been 15,000 books written about Lincoln.

What's different about this one?

For one, it contains all of the more than 130 existing photographs of Lincoln.

Dr. Allen Guelzo, the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College wrote the seven essays that comprise most of the text of the book.  Dr. Guelzo appears on Monday's Smart Talk to discuss the book and Lincoln.

Also, earlier this month, President Obama awarded the nation's highest honor -- the Medal of Honor to Lt. Alonzo Cushing -- 151 years after his heroic actions at Gettysburg.

Lt. Cushing sacrificed his life as he contributed to repelling the Confederate attack on July 3, 1863 that became known as Pickett's Charge.

Historian Kent Masterson Brown,who wrote the book Cushing of Gettysburg: The Story of a Union Artillery Commander, joins us on Smart Talk.

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