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This illustrated biography of the 16th president of the United States was originally a companion volume to a historic television documentary. It includes recreated images of Lincoln and his contemporaries from photographs, daguerreotypes, prints and cartoons of the day.


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This illustrated biography of the 16th president of the United States was originally a companion volume to a historic television documentary. It includes recreated images of Lincoln and his contemporaries from photographs, daguerreotypes, prints and cartoons of the day.

30 review for Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Firefly

    Until I was in my late 20's, I did not know my second oldest brother very well. About that time, however, circumstances in life brought us together and we found that we shared a deep and abiding love of books. He moved to Denver in 1992 from Los Angeles and every time I was there visiting we would go to The Tattered Cover together, a wonderful multi-story bookstore in Denver. We would spend ours there together, but separately and bump into each other from time to time as our browsing paths cross Until I was in my late 20's, I did not know my second oldest brother very well. About that time, however, circumstances in life brought us together and we found that we shared a deep and abiding love of books. He moved to Denver in 1992 from Los Angeles and every time I was there visiting we would go to The Tattered Cover together, a wonderful multi-story bookstore in Denver. We would spend ours there together, but separately and bump into each other from time to time as our browsing paths crossed. One year he bought this book for me because he saw that I loved it and knew I could not afford to buy it myself. It is a wonderful photographic book about President Lincoln, which I always have out on a table. The book reminds me not only of a great president who I admire, but also of a special bond I have with my brother. All the more special because we discovered it later in our lives and it formed the basis of a true friendship between us.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Muffin Pam

    Aside from being a huge book (not thick - but literally huge) and hard to schlep around the house when I wanted to read it, this was a really great detailed biography of Number 16. I loved the attention to detail found in all of the illustrations, photos, and historical documents that accompanied the text. The fantastic and tragic of life of Lincoln is captured as we go from his boyhood in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois - to his Presidency in Washington DC. Lincoln's lived during the adolescenc Aside from being a huge book (not thick - but literally huge) and hard to schlep around the house when I wanted to read it, this was a really great detailed biography of Number 16. I loved the attention to detail found in all of the illustrations, photos, and historical documents that accompanied the text. The fantastic and tragic of life of Lincoln is captured as we go from his boyhood in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois - to his Presidency in Washington DC. Lincoln's lived during the adolescence of the United States and his leadership during the Civil War was a huge influence on American History.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Hawks

    This pictorial biography of Abraham Lincoln throughout his life is one of the best I have seen. Beautifully laid out with information and stories of the 16th Presdient within its pages. This is one coffee table book I shall cherish for many years to come.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katie Goodman

    The audiobook leaves me wanting so much more. ❤️

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jim B

    A must read! It contains every known picture of Lincoln, and many of the people around him. The authors are descendants of Frederick Hill Meserve, who was the first American collector of photography and his specialty was Lincoln. The book is so detailed that it covers his presidency by devoting two pages to every month he was in office. It gave insight into the development of Lincoln's views on the reason for the war, slavery, and his incredible compassion and wisdom about people. The descriptio A must read! It contains every known picture of Lincoln, and many of the people around him. The authors are descendants of Frederick Hill Meserve, who was the first American collector of photography and his specialty was Lincoln. The book is so detailed that it covers his presidency by devoting two pages to every month he was in office. It gave insight into the development of Lincoln's views on the reason for the war, slavery, and his incredible compassion and wisdom about people. The description of Lincoln's evolving view of African Americans humanizes him -- and then you see him surpass typical human perceptions on the topic!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ann Otto

    This 1992 coffee table-sized book is a companion volume to an ABC documentary of that time. It's based on the largest collection of Lincoln photos and materials owned by the Kunhardt family. The over 700 illustrations document Lincoln throughout his political career and include a month by month summary of the war years through his funeral with some additional information about the Lincoln family afterwards. The details of history and the seldom seen photos make this a must for any reader interes This 1992 coffee table-sized book is a companion volume to an ABC documentary of that time. It's based on the largest collection of Lincoln photos and materials owned by the Kunhardt family. The over 700 illustrations document Lincoln throughout his political career and include a month by month summary of the war years through his funeral with some additional information about the Lincoln family afterwards. The details of history and the seldom seen photos make this a must for any reader interested in Lincoln, his associates, and the Civil War period.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sande

    The Kunhardt family are just classy. Their long study of Abraham Lincoln and his world capped by their creativity result in great books. An example: On one page are photos of the 14 people who declined the invitation to attend Ford's Theater with President and Mrs. Lincoln on April 14, 1865. Great visual feast. The Kunhardt family are just classy. Their long study of Abraham Lincoln and his world capped by their creativity result in great books. An example: On one page are photos of the 14 people who declined the invitation to attend Ford's Theater with President and Mrs. Lincoln on April 14, 1865. Great visual feast.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda Appelbaum

    Although a short book, it is full of details about Lincoln and somehow I feel now like I really know and understand the man. He was so compassionate and a far better person than I knew before reading the book. Not affiliated with any church, he was a better man than many who claim to be religious and devout. I would encourage anyone curious about Lincoln to read this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Our entire family, ages 6 to 37, really liked this book. The photos are mesmerizing, and the accompanying text, when you can tear your eyes away from the photos to read it, is well-written and informative.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Peregrine 12

    The photographs are incredible. The US history displayed here makes me wonder how anyone could have survived it all, much less gone on to forge a new kind of nation. This book is a must-have for fans of Lincoln-era stuff.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    An adequate biography, I listened to it on a road trip in lieu of Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals," which was not available. A good basic story of our greatest President. Good and still very inspirational. An adequate biography, I listened to it on a road trip in lieu of Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals," which was not available. A good basic story of our greatest President. Good and still very inspirational.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I read this book because at my mom's house, Lincoln books are one of the only options you have. That or Nancy Drew; I took the high road on this one. I was surprised at how much I learned and enjoyed as I read this book. I read this book because at my mom's house, Lincoln books are one of the only options you have. That or Nancy Drew; I took the high road on this one. I was surprised at how much I learned and enjoyed as I read this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Fascinating stories about one of our favorite presidents. I loved learning about his life as a boy, and also about his relationship with Mary Todd. After reading this book, I respect Mr. Lincoln even more! Did you know Thanksgiving was his idea? As was paper currency! Well done, sir!

  14. 5 out of 5

    R.Friend

    As an avid Lincoln reader, I was thrilled when this $50 edition showed up at Tower Records (R.I.P.) for $12.99. I knew there was a reason I kept putting off buying it at full price... It remains one of my all-time faves.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    audio version--since you miss all of the photographs and illustrations, this seems really short (4 hours) and probably would not satisfy any Lincoln buffs, but was interesting enough to listen to.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    While not the best written Lincoln biography I've read, this book is worth the reading for the fabulous photo collection of Kunhardt's grandfather, Frederick Meserve. While not the best written Lincoln biography I've read, this book is worth the reading for the fabulous photo collection of Kunhardt's grandfather, Frederick Meserve.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Hartzell

    at Ft Rich library

  18. 5 out of 5

    Doris Raines

    A. Great. Man. A. Great. Book. And. Story. Thanks. Doris.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    This was a well written and interesting book on Abraham Lincoln and his life. There was a lot in there that I didn't know. I learned a lot from this book and loved the illustrations. This was a well written and interesting book on Abraham Lincoln and his life. There was a lot in there that I didn't know. I learned a lot from this book and loved the illustrations.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Loe

    Probably my favorite Lincoln book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Paris

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jonalyn Adnarim

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carol Nicholson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christian

  26. 5 out of 5

    Saba Zaka

  27. 4 out of 5

    Monica

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jim Ogle

  29. 5 out of 5

    John Eaton

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

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