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Russell Freedman's, Lincoln: A Photobiography

'Just completed a classic of American history for young people, Russell Freedman's, Lincoln: A Photobiography (HMH Books for Young Readers, 1989). Back in its day, the book won a coveted Newbery Medal.







For this Canadian, Freedman's book was an excellent and reliable introduction to President Abraham Lincoln's story. Insofar as I remember the general outline of Lincoln's public life, Freedman covers the bases in a dependable manner and includes an amazing series of archival photographs. The cover photo of a clean shaven Lincoln is fascinating. Apparently, Lincoln was the most photographed man of his time.

Perhaps the most striking thing about the book was its tone. Freedman manages to present Lincoln in a way that is appealing and upbeat while not sweeping away the darkness of his time and work or the depression in his personality and family.


The book sweeps through events and words of epic proportions - and helpfully includes a selection of Lincoln quot…