Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way: The America Lincoln Knew

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Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way—The America Lincoln Knew is a look back through the window of time into Lincoln's world. Renowned Lincoln historian Dr. Michael Burlingame and acclaimed landscape photographer Robert Shaw explore the places and the land that were a part of Abraham Lincoln's life—from his early years in Kentucky and Indiana, through the 29 years he lived in Illinois, until he went east to Washington, D.C. to serve as President.
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Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way—The America Lincoln Knew is a look back through the window of time into Lincoln's world. Renowned Lincoln historian Dr. Michael Burlingame and acclaimed landscape photographer Robert Shaw explore the places and the land that were a part of Abraham Lincoln's life—from his early years in Kentucky and Indiana, through the 29 years he lived in Illinois, until he went east to Washington, D.C. to serve as President.

The book is a collection of captivating images and scholarly excellence which takes readers on a visual journey that is unique among books about Abraham Lincoln. Dr. Burlingame's writing and Shaw's images are woven together with Lincoln's own words to create an elegant and exciting exploration of Lincoln's life story.

The 276-page hardcover book is a culmination of five years of research and hundreds of days of photography in ten states and the District of Columbia. Shaw traveled over a hundred thousand miles in the making of the images for the book, which range from the Mississippi River to New Hampshire. The book begins at Lincoln's birthplace in Kentucky, moves through his younger years in Indiana, offers a comprehensive view of his twenty-nine years in Illinois, travels to The White House and the years of the Civil War, and concludes with a poignant epilogue by Michael Burlingame.

Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way takes readers to over seventy Lincoln historic sites and dozens of other locations Lincoln traveled, including eighteen National and State Historic Sites, two National Memorials, and a National Monument. Eighteen of these sites have been designated National Historic Landmarks. Though not a guide book, a complete list of locations will be helpful to travelers who want to discover many of these places on their own.

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What People Are Saying

James M. McPherson
This splendid book has it all—beautiful photographs by Robert Shaw of the places where Lincoln lived, worked, and traveled during the fifty-six years of his life, a readable biography by Michael Burlingame, and facsimile reproductions of Lincoln's own writings scattered throughout. The combination works wonderfully as a narrative of Lincoln's life and a guide to the traveler who wishes to walk in his footsteps. (Dr. James M. McPherson; Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University, author of several acclaimed books on the Civil War and Lincoln, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and two-time recipient of the Lincoln Prize.)
Douglas L. Wilson
Two notable features distinguish this book. The principal events of Abraham Lincoln's life are succinctly rendered in Michael Burlingame's narrative, and our ability to visualize many of these scenes and their settings is greatly enhanced by Robert Shaw's extraordinary photographs. (Dr. Douglas L. Wilson; Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English and Co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, author of several acclaimed books on Lincoln, and two-time recipient of the Lincoln Prize.)
Wayne C. Temple
This photographic biography of Lincoln is the best to be had with nearly all the captions carefully reproduced in the subject's own handwriting taken from his own manuscripts. Acquire it, study it minutely many times and lay it on your coffee table for guests to puruse and then envy your astounding literary possession. (Dr. Wayne C. Temple, Chief Deputy Director, Illinois States Archives, historian and Lincoln scholar who has authored several acclaimed books, along with numerous publications on Abraham Lincoln.)
Dr. Doris Kearns Goodwin
What a magical book!...It is an absolute treasure...The book is simply amazing.
—Dr. Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and winner of the Lincoln Prize.
Dr. James M. McPherson
This splendid book has it all...
—Dr. James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and two-time winner of the Lincoln Prize.
Dr. Wayne C. Temple
You have produced a masterpiece.
—Wayne C. Temple, Lincoln scholar and author
Dr. Douglas L. Wilson
Lincoln's life...succinctly rendered in Michael Burlingame's narrative, and our ability to visualize many of these scenes and their settings is greatly enhanced by Robert Shaw's extraordinary photographs.
—Dr. Douglas L. Wilson, Two-time winner of the Lincoln Prize.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891650253
  • Publisher: Firelight Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2011
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 439,823
  • Product dimensions: 13.90 (w) x 12.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    This beautiful book is the best of both worlds: famed Lincoln h

    This beautiful book is the best of both worlds: famed Lincoln historian Michael Burlingame's lyrical writing and acclaimed landscape photographer Robert Shaw's stunning photographs of Lincoln's travels throughout the USA. Over five years of work and 100,000 miles of travel went into the making of this must-have volume. Whether you are a Lincoln buff, a history lover, or enjoy amazing photography of our 16th president's wide-flung travels, this is the book for you. And if you're fortunate, you may catch the authors' presentations on their work at Ford's Theatre or the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (or other historical sites). As an historian, I can vouch that no one is more knowledgeable about Lincoln than Michael Burlingame. Robert Shaw's love of his subject shows through in every insightful (and untouched -- no Photoshopping here) photograph.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2014

    Submitted by Ron Keller, Director of the Lincoln Heritage Museum

    Submitted by Ron Keller, Director of the Lincoln Heritage Museum:


    In the seemingly inexhaustible miscellany of books on Abraham Lincoln that perpetually flow from the presses year after year, one would be hard pressed to find a contribution that is both new and refreshing, as well as one that affords a renewed appreciation for Abraham Lincoln as the man. More challenging than that is to find a publication that has equal appeal to both the experienced scholar and the novice alike. But that book has arrived.

    A “dynamic duo” has teamed up to produce a stellar effort for the book Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way. Amazing photographer Robert Shaw and noted Lincoln biographer have paired for this unique look at Lincoln’s life. Shaw visited numerous sites from the birthplace in Kentucky, through Indiana and Illinois to Washington DC, painstakingly photographing many scenes in various seasons to ensure the most inviting shot. Shaw captures the beautiful scenery and architecture of places where Abraham Lincoln walked over 150 years ago in a way I have never seen before. The experienced Burlingame’s narrative affords the book a stamp of credibility, adding stories surrounding the occasions when Lincoln walked in those areas, doing so with succinct but vivid clarity.

    Indeed the reader is taken visually on this journey tracing Lincoln’s steps. It places him in the context of his time and place within the scope of modern settings, but never seems to lose the historical feel. The stunning photographs almost jump out of the pages in a visual mosaic of Lincoln’s life. Never before has there been a Lincoln-related book which you can feel you are there, and affords the opportunity to connect with the past more than this one. Shaw and Burlingame are to be commended for their effort, and no one who is interested in history or in photography should have Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way absent from their bookshelves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    Superlative melding of detailed historical literature and evocat

    Superlative melding of detailed historical literature and evocative photography transports the reader to the America as Lincoln himself would have seen. The attention to detail, historical accuracy, and quality of production on every page is unparalleled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    Lincoln walked this way is truly a journey through the life of A

    Lincoln walked this way is truly a journey through the life of Abraham Lincoln. Robert Shaw's photography is breathtaking and poignant. Michael Burlingame's text places you in Lincoln's mind and soul. Most books of this type are usually picture and caption. Robert and Michael meld their talents to produce a wonderful adventure. Young and old alike will enjoy this book.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    This is a beautiful book! It's not only educational, but the pictures are great! See the places where Lincoln traveled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!

    The photography and writing in the book are amazing. The photographs in this book are the best I have ever seen in a history book. It really takes you back in time and helps give you perspective on the writing.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

    Robert Shaw caught my eye several years ago when I stumbled upon

    Robert Shaw caught my eye several years ago when I stumbled upon his book, _Illinois -- Seasons of Light_, sitting on a chair side table. Here was this photographer from the Prairie State capturing things the rest of us walk right past, seeing them in the light only a gifted artist can, making us appreciate them anew. Shaw sees nature as few can, and in doing so, creates in others an appreciation of surroundings they'd previously ignored.

    Just as Shaw leaves no path uncovered in his quest for nature's hidden wonders, Michael Burlingame leaves no stone unturned in his Lincoln research. His 2,00 word, two-volume _Abraham Lincoln: A Life_ is the definitive work on Abraham Lincoln, principally because Burlingame practices what he preaches. He gets down and dirty into primary sources like few others.

    The joining together of these two who have so much passion, intensity and attention to detail is what makes _Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way_ such a splendid volume. Shaw's travels on Lincoln's trail took him half a decade and 100,000 miles. Burlingame's accurate, easy-to-read narrative is an ideal complement to these incredible photos. Together, the images and words create a work that few can leave untouched. Today, I leave this volume on my coffee table, using it to inspire in others an interest in Abraham Lincoln and an appreciation for the gifted artist and devoted scholar who bring the sixteenth President's surroundings to us anew.

    Disclaimer: You will find my name in the credits as one who helped with editing this volume. My role was minor, near the end of the process, but it was among the greatest of privileges to have the opportunity to work with these two men on a volume of this caliber. Please know that my review would be as glowing even if I had not had that role.

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