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New York Times - February 15, 2009 Opinion Page

Radio Free Lincoln by Gabor Boritt

In 1852, Abraham Lincoln helped issue “Resolutions in Behalf of Hungarian Freedom"...

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Time Magazine - February 16, 2009

This aspect of Lincoln's career (economics)was largely ignored for the first century after his death, until Boritt came along. His background as a refugee from European tyranny made him keenly receptive to Lincoln's economic philosophy, which Boritt eventually dubbed "the right to rise." By 1956, when he joined the Hungarian revolt against Soviet communist rule, Boritt already had a lifetime's experience of oppression: forced from home by the Nazis, close relatives murdered at Auschwitz, father and brother seized by Stalin's minions. He recalls the words of the Gettysburg Address resounding from the radios of Budapest to inspire the uprising. Boritt's first book — Lincoln and the Economics of the American Dream — was published in 1978 and has come to be viewed as one of the most important (if under-read) works on the 16th President. His Lincoln was a man far removed from the familiar yarn-spinning charmer of the cracker barrel: enterprising, visionary and persuasive.

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Vanity Fair - February, 2009

An Oral History of the Bush White House

September 1, 2008 Republicans meet in St. Paul to nominate John McCain as their presidential candidate; with an approval rating in the polls hovering below 30 percent, Bush becomes the first sitting president since Lyndon Johnson not to appear at his own party’s nominating convention. (He had been scheduled to attend, but his appearance was canceled when a hurricane once again threatened the Gulf Coast.) The president travels to Gettysburg for a tour of the battlefield, accompanied by his wife, Laura, and a number of former aides—Alberto Gonzales, Karl Rove, Karen Hughes, and Harriet Miers. Among the guides are Gabor Boritt, a Lincoln scholar, and his son Jake Boritt, a filmmaker.

Jake Boritt, filmmaker and Gettysburg tour guide: We’re standing in front of the Virginia monument, which is more or less where Robert E. Lee ordered Pickett’s Charge from. When Lee invaded the North, his hope was that he could get far enough in, win a great battle, demoralize the Northern will to fight, and then there would be pressure on Lincoln to stop the war. Everybody in the North was terrified. Lincoln was not. He was looking at it as an opportunity, because finally Lee was going to be off his home turf in Virginia. Lincoln was actually excited at the possibility that the Confederate Army was invading Pennsylvania. And Bush said, Well, did the president say, “Bring it on”?

We do this one thing where you line people up shoulder to shoulder to show how the Confederates moved across a mile-long field to attack the Union line. So we lined them up—it was roughly 20 people, all mostly important White House people, and you’re pretending you’re shooting at ‘em with cannon shells as you pretend to take them out.

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Gettysburg Times - February 12, 2009
Springfield Register - Februay 8, 2009

On February 8 Gabor recieved the Order of Lincoln medal. It had previously been announced by infamous Governor Rod Blagojevich. Thirty experts on Abraham Lincoln will receive a special Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial edition of The Order of Lincoln, the highest honor that can be awarded by the state of Illinois. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced the nominees. Among the more than 200 previous Order of Lincoln winners are Studs Terkel, Gwendolyn Brooks, Roger Ebert, former Gov. James Thompson, Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives, Ernie Banks and Jack Benny. Decemeber 22, 2008

Washington Post - February 8, 2009

... a handful of books to recommend to the general reader:...Gabor S. Boritt's Lincoln and the Economics of the American Dream (1978) for its emphasis on Lincoln's economic philosophy, which should be of special interest at the present moment...

Countdown with Keith Olbermann - January 20, 2009 - Inauguration Coverage with Filmmaker Ken Burns

In terms of events, the thing that struck me before the sun was up today, coming through these crowds, were the descriptions that, in particularly, Gabor Boritt wrote about in Gettysburg Gospel. I mentioned this early in the morning, if I‘m repeating myself for anybody who is hearing this again. But he described in this small town of 2,500 or small city of 2,500 in Gettysburg in November of 1863 tens of thousands of people gathered to hear the orator Edward Everett and also President Lincoln, by the way. But most of these people not staying in other people‘s houses. Certainly, there were not hotels.

People 25,000, 30,000 people sleeping in the open fields in the freezing weather, sleeping out under blankets out under the stars. It wasn‘t quite like that. But there were people who wanted to see this speech and see that parade who put that kind of effort to it in 10-degree wind chills.

The Gettysburg Experience -Jan. '09 The Gettysburg Experience Feb. '09

Along with my dad, my mom and their two dogs I was featured in the Jan. and Feb. editons of the The Gettysburg Experience magazine. I think I may be the first person to have their photo featured in Vanity Fair and The Gettysburg Experience in the same month. Thanks to Diana Loski for two great articles.

President Bush Awards 2008 National Humanities Medals: Gabor Boritt

President George W. Bush awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medals for 2008 during a ceremony held in the White House East Room. Gabor S. Boritt, scholar and Civil War historian, is being recognized “for a distinguished career of scholarship on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. His life’s work and his life’s story stand as testaments to our Nation’s precious legacy of liberty.”

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Boston Jewish Film Festival - Museum of Fine Arts- November 2008

Newsweek - November 10, 2008

In place of the convention in St. Paul, that week Bush took a tour of the battlefield at Gettysburg with his wife, Laura, and a small retinue of loyalists, including Karl Rove, Alberto Gonzales, Karen Hughes and Harriet Miers. Bush was in an expansive mood, pushing aside the vagaries of election-year politics and taking the long view of history. His tour guides recounted Lincoln's war strategy and the newspaper headlines that screamed INVASION! INVASION! Bush interjected: "Well, did the president say, 'Bring it on'?" says Jake Boritt, one of the guides. Bush made it clear he was being self-deprecating. "He's got that Southern style of being quick-witted with a slow delivery," Boritt recalls.

Hanover Evening Sun - September 6, 2008

College professor gives President tour of battlefield

President  with  Boritt at Gettysburg

Hanover Evening Sun - June 26, 2008

Civil War historian's life explored in son's film

Boston Globe - June 1, 2007

Keith Olbermann: Best recent book: 'Gettysburg Gospel' by Gabor Boritt is the same kind of writing: a specific event, researched to death, so detailed as to transport you to the time and place. Great written history should approach time travel; these do.

Washington Post - January 14, 2007

...the enjoyable, closely argued The Gettysburg Gospel...

New York Times - December 4, 2006

Janet Maslin on the Gettysburg Gospel: "Fascinating"

Gettysburg Times - July 27, 2004

Hanover Evening Sun - November 16, 2003


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Gabor Boritt stands in the Gettysburg National Cemetery, site of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
Filmmaker Jake Boritt shoots footage of his father historianGabor Boritt in the Gettysburg National Cemetery, site of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
  Gabor Boritt is filmed by his son Jake Boritt on Little Round Top in Gettysburg.  
Hungarian Freedom Fighters ride on top of tank during the 1956 Revolution. As a 16 year old boy Gabor Boritt participated in the '56 Revolution.
A young boy watchs Soviet tanks as they roll into Budapest in 1956. In the background is the former site of Jozef Stalin statue. Gabor Boritt fled Hungary soon after the 1956 Revolution was crushed by the U.S.S.R.
Prof. Gabor Boritt explains out troop movements on Gettysburg's battlefield