Lincoln Library

marchMarch: Book One
By Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
Congressman John Lewis makes history engaging for all. As a young man John Lewis was beaten at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama. March, 1965. Nearly 100 years to the day of Lincoln’s assassination. The torch is passed, the struggle continues.

book-rappaportAbe’s Honest Words – The Life of Abraham Lincoln
By Doreen Rappaport – Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
For kids… The artwork in this book is fantastic, making it captivating for pre-readers who can grow into the story. Early on some words will be out of their reach, but the limited amount of text to go with the artwork is inviting. A well edited pass at the Lincoln story with Lincoln’s stirring words.

book-oatesWith Malice Toward None – A Life of Abraham Lincoln
Stephen B. Oates
The seminal Lincoln biography is marvelously story-driven. This was the book I found in a box of stuff in our house. I had a vague idea of where it was; I think I found it in the third box I tried. At a moment when I could afford the time to read I dove deeper into the Lincoln mystery, and really discovered the most unlikely character, taking the national stage at a dark hour.

book-sandburgAbraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years
Carl Sanburg
The poet? Yes, Carl Sandburg, the poet was inspired to write a Lincoln biography. Originally published in six volumes, the series was displayed with honor on American bookshelves for a few generations. As you might expect, the composition is rhythmical; the imagery is rough-hewed magic. Buy it on ebay in an original multi-volume set.

book-holzerLincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President
Harold Holzer
There’s a lot to like about this book if you’ve ever wondered how an unknown man became President. I like the revealing glimpses of Lincoln the man, a little sneaky and opportunistic, always ambitious, and a cunning political strategist. If you run out of things to see in New York City, you can go to the basement of Cooper Union (located in Cooper Square in the East Village) where Lincoln gave the speech. My guess is it hasn’t changed much since that day.

book-bishopThe Day Lincoln Was Shot
Jim Bishop
With the 150th Anniversary of the assassination nearly upon us, I love this book for the slice of life details of April 15, 1865, with plenty of day-to-day Lincoln to reveal his gregarious demeanor.


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