Lincoln in 3-D

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Publishing just ahead of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Lincoln in 3-D offers a breathtaking tour of Abraham Lincoln's life and presidency. In this beautiful book, over 180 stereo photographs come alive and readers wearing the enclosed 3-D glasses will feel as if they can step into the Lincoln presidency. Civil War photography experts Bob Zeller and John J. Richter have exploited the full potential of the Library of Congress's remarkable 3-D negative collection, while also tapping into exclusive private ...

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Overview

Publishing just ahead of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Lincoln in 3-D offers a breathtaking tour of Abraham Lincoln's life and presidency. In this beautiful book, over 180 stereo photographs come alive and readers wearing the enclosed 3-D glasses will feel as if they can step into the Lincoln presidency. Civil War photography experts Bob Zeller and John J. Richter have exploited the full potential of the Library of Congress's remarkable 3-D negative collection, while also tapping into exclusive private collections for rare images, some never previously published. With a prologue by renowned Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, Lincoln in 3-D provides a unique window into a time long past.

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"This book invites lingering and could conceivably make a Civil War buff (or a photography buff) out of a youngster; and it will no doubt delight full-grown aficionados." - Book News
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—This visually striking volume is built around 185 stereoscopic photographs from the Civil War era. Glasses included in the back give the full three-dimensional effect; without them, many lines of the images are blurred. The introduction offers fascinating background on stereoscopic pictures, followed by a narrative text tracing Lincoln's life and the stages of the war. All of the photos include informative captions that give context even for images not mentioned in the text, which include one of Frederick Douglass and of the USS Monitor. Many readers will likely browse the photographs and captions as a first choice, using the narrative passage for supplementary information. Along with numerous battle scenes and portraits, many other intriguing images are included, such as a recruiting banner spanning Broadway in New York. The three-dimensional effect comes through more strongly on some images than others, but even with less dramatic perspective, the added depth gives a new, vivid feel to the historical photographs, raising them beyond mere novelty. More than half of the photos are full-page scenes, and several are arranged in series, including a 15-page section on Gettysburg. Careful layouts provide space and pacing, inviting viewers to linger on individual images. Separate portraits of Grant and Lee are set neatly on opposing pages, while a dramatic view of John Wilkes Booth is placed opposite a weary-looking Lincoln. The striking images make this a powerful visual depiction of Lincoln and his times—as long as readers (or libraries) don't lose those cardboard glasses.—Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811872317
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/6/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 535,717
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Zeller is a writer, journalist, and authority on Civil War photography who has published 10 books, including The Civil War in Depth. He is co-founder and president of the nonprofit Center for Civil War Photography.

John J. Richter, a leading private collector of Civil War and Lincoln-related stereo photographs, is director of imaging and a member of the board of directors of the Center for Civil War Photography.

Harold Holzer is co-chairman of the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and senior vice president for external affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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