Candace Fleming had already won me over with her biography, Our Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelts Remarkable Life, so I was excited to read The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary. Fleming not only did not disappoint, she exceeded my expectations with this rich and impressive peek into the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln.
I read every page and every caption that explained the history from birth to death of these amazing individuals. Everyone knows the basic history of Abraham Lincoln, but the author went far beyond log cabins and Fords Theatre. She delved into the individual relationships between Abraham and the many people who were a part of his life, most importantly, his relationship with his wife. Mary had such a fascinating background that much of the book discussed her own upbringing and her role in making Abraham who and what he was.
No stone was left unturned in this biography. A balanced view of the positive and negative aspects of each personality trait and action was presented, giving readers the scoop on subjects often skimmed by in general American history.
Aside from engaging, storytelling-style writing, readers can look forward to accompanying illustrations that dont frequent other Lincoln biographies. Dozens and dozens of photographs of the Lincolns, their children, their homes, and their companions fill the pages, along with copies of letters written in their own hands, receipts for purchases, ledgers, and famous speeches.
I came away from this biography feeling well-informed and satisfied. The book will have a permanent place on my bookshelf, right next to Our Eleanor, with future space left for Ms. Flemings next brilliant creation.