Thursday, February 23, 2012

Books tells Lincoln's life story in words, photographs

Acclaimed landscape photographer Robert Shaw has teamed up with renowned Lincoln historian Michael Burlingame to produce a book titled “Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way — The America Lincoln Knew.”

The book takes readers on a visual journey that is unique among books about Abraham Lincoln. Burlingame’s writing and Shaw’s photographs are woven together with Lincoln’s own words to tell Lincoln’s life story.

The 276-page hardcover book is a culmination of five years of research and hundreds of days of photography in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Shaw traveled more than 100,000 miles in taking photos for the book.

The book begins at Lincoln’s birthplace in Kentucky, moves through his younger years in Indiana, offers a comprehensive view of his 29 years in Illinois, travels to The White House and the years of the Civil War, and concludes with an epilogue by Burlingame.

Burlingame is the author of “Abraham Lincoln: A Life,” “The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln,” and most recently “Lincoln and the Civil War.” Burlingame is the holder of the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

The book was featured in an February 23, 2012, article in The Jacksonville Journal-Courier.

Read the article online