Six hours of lectures about Abraham Lincoln by noted Lincoln scholar Professor Allen C. Guelzo can be yours for $20. Dr. Guelzo is a professor at Gettysburg College, and a guest lecturer for the Teaching Company. On sale through April: "Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln."
The Teaching Company brings engaging professors into your home or car through courses on DVD, audio CD, and other formats. Since 1990, great teachers from the Ivy League, Stanford, Georgetown, and other leading colleges and universities have crafted over 200 courses.
Ordinarily, the Teaching Company lectures are expensive: most will cost you a few Benjamins. But the audio download version of Allen C. Guelzo presenting 12 lectures on the life of Lincoln will set you back just a few Lincolns.
From the web site description:
In addition to asking what it was like to know Lincoln, Professor Guelzo explores three themes:
- What ideas were at the core of his understanding of American politics?
- Why did he oppose slavery, and what propelled him, in the 1850s, into the open opposition to slavery that led to his election to the presidency in 1860?
- What particular gifts equipped Lincoln to lead the nation through the "fiery trial" of the Civil War?
The mechanism for downloading the MP3 files is kind of clunky, but it does work. The hassle factor is well offset by the quality of the course and the bargain price.