Monday, July 20, 2009

Lincoln: An Illustrated Life and Legacy

by Tom Schwartz

From the publisher:
This remarkable book traces Lincoln’s life, from his humble beginnings to his first tentative steps into politics and his ground-breaking Emancipation Proclamation, and shows how his leadership allowed the Union to win the Civil War. Set against a backdrop of one of the most important eras in American history, Lincoln also reveals the private side of the president—his beliefs, his relationship with his wife, and his grief over the deaths of their children. It culminates with an examination of one of the greatest crimes in history: the first presidential assassination in American history.

Including 15 items of removable facsimile memorabilia, this book will enable you to understand this American hero as never before. The authentic documents include:

- Lincoln’s original hand-written copy of the Gettysburg Address
- A copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Lincoln
- A broadside announcing “The Union is Dissolved”
- The playbill from the play Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated
- A wanted poster for Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth

Thomas F. Schwartz is the Illinois State Historian, based at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and Secretary of the Abraham Lincoln Association.