1988: Lincoln, A Photobiography (Lincoln through the lens)

VERDICT: Treasure

Sally’s Rating: 3.5/5

Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman details the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.

The biography was written in a well-balanced way, with humorous and thoughtful quotes littered throughout the text. The author covers Lincoln’s philosophy on slavery throughout the war and discusses how his contemporaries viewed him. Don’t bother reading this book if looking for information about the battles of the Civil War; Abraham Lincoln is the major center point of this work. Additionally, information is included on the major historical sites and houses related to Lincoln’s life.

As a nonfiction work, this biography supplements the details of his life with plenty of portraits and pictures of important people and events during the Civil War era. The pictures are useful in getting a better sense of what life was like back in the 1800’s, as well as showing how Lincoln changed throughout his presidency. Through historical anecdotes and stories, the author creates a vivid portrait of Lincoln as a real person – instead of just a person from our past.

Overall, this was a concise and quick read on one man’s struggle to unite a divided nation during the Civil War. Children could easily read and find information about different parts of Lincoln’s life as the narrative was simple to follow. Adults can also find enjoyment in this book if looking for a quick refresher on United States history.


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