Book: Lincoln: A Photobiography

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Lincoln: A Photobiography

Author: Russell Freedman
Publisher: Clarion Books

Abraham Lincoln stood out in a crowd as much for his wit and rollicking humor as for his height. Here is a warm, appealing biography of our Civil War president, illustrated with dozens of carefully chosen photographs and prints.

Russell Freedman begins with a lively account of Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood, his career as a country lawyer, and his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd. Then the author focuses on the presidential years (1861 to 1865), skillfully explaining the many complex issues Lincoln grappled with as he led a deeply divided nation through the Civil War. The book’s final chapter is a moving account of that tragic evening in Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865.

Lincoln: A Photobiography concludes with a sampling of Lincoln writings and a detailed list of Lincoln historical sites. Russell Freedman visited all the major Lincoln historical sites while researching this book. At the Illinois State Historical Library, he was taken into a vault containing many Civil War and Lincoln documents. It was a thrill to see one of Lincoln’s handwritten letters to his wife and notes he had scrawled on scraps of paper during courtroom trials.

The photographs and prints in Lincoln: A Photobiography were selected by the author from archives in Washington, D.C., and Springfield, Illinois, as well as in Chicago, New York, and other cities.


This work is perhaps the most complete and enjoyable children’s book ever written about one of the nation’s most fascinating and important figures, Abraham Lincoln. Russell Freedman covers Lincoln’s life and career in a balanced treatment that is enhanced by period photographs and drawings. The book won the Newbery Medal, the Jefferson Cup Award and the Golden Kite Honor Book Award, and earned a citation as School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.

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