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Posted January 13, 2010
A singular simple man, modest in manner, yet driven to succeed by careful study and relection upon the issues and the emotional turmoil of his time. Few heard the "Four Score and Seven Years Ago" speech that day. No amplfied voice, no enormous stage upon which to stand and deliver-the most compelling speech of that time and to have stood the test of time. Written without complications and wordiness, those first six words reflect upon the careful word selection and cadence needed that day of morning. This higly educated lawyer use words of modest length, mostly single or double sylabol words. Haven't most of us read the speech aloud. It is not difficult. Often an elementary school activity. But Lincoln knew he had to impart a strong message that all persons would hear and understand. He spoke to the North and the South that day. For his life and his insignts into human needs were influenced by his diverse experiences at the different stages of his life.
What forces shaped the child's journey to the tall lanky figure, often remember by the hat he wore. Visit the coutyside and forests, you will literally see and smell and hear what Lincoln experience those years-200, give or take a little. Certainly, the sites, sounds and smells were not missed by this intelligent and keenly observant man.
This is not a history book, not a biography, and not a collection of photographs-old and NEW. two talented gentlemen used their crafts to give us more than just a day in the life of Abraham Lincoln. They have given us words to describe Lincoln as part of the picture. We are drawn gentlely in by whisper threads. Our own memories and experiencesare ignited and add depth to our travel with Lincoln through time and place.
A Bicentennial Companion, that amply illustrates the influence one person can have upon the times and as measure by the yardstick of time. A man that lead by leading and gave us milestones upon which to measure our leaders today.
The quality of the photographs is exceptional. You can reach out you hand and touch the rough surface of the bricks of Mary Todd's house in Lexington, KY. A house not far from the oldest college west of the Allegany Mountains. Founded in 1780, this college was a beacon of inspiational light and guidance for the young couple in their world. Lincoln was to meet and court the young lady down the
Flowing smoothly like a wandering stream, the book sweeps us gracefully through the periods of Lincoln's life. While seemingly to follow the four pennies of 2009, the book provides the setting, the narrative and action to provide latch pins for conecting the reader's ourney. To call it a light read would fail to give respect to the sinister ease these craftsmen use in this book. You are not compeled to finish a segment, as if preparing for an examination. Self-contained, the book may be nibble at-yet meaty enough for th best of appetites. The challenge for the reader is to live Lincoln's life as he did so. As the journey ends the reader may experience that all to common fulfillment with some emptiness. The life has been well shared-so well, that we wish for more. A Sunday afternoon "couch read"-don't fret, when you awake, it all will still be there.