Through the Eyes of Lincoln: A Modern Photographic Journey

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Historian Ron Elliott and award-winning photographer John Snell take the reader on a breathtaking, cross-country journey of the sites and scenery from Abraham Lincoln 's rustic birthplace and early homes in Kentucky and Indiana to his military, professional, and political careers in Illinois to Washington, DC and back to his final resting place in Springfield.

Elliott 's wit and astute observations on each site's role and significance make ...
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Historian Ron Elliott and award-winning photographer John Snell take the reader on a breathtaking, cross-country journey of the sites and scenery from Abraham Lincoln 's rustic birthplace and early homes in Kentucky and Indiana to his military, professional, and political careers in Illinois to Washington, DC and back to his final resting place in Springfield.

Elliott 's wit and astute observations on each site's role and significance make the perfect, concise companion to Snell's extraordinary ability to capture on film what we all wish we could see. Scores of historic photos displayed in contrast to today's views coupled with maps, travel directions and recommendations will compel many a reader to load their book, hit the road and experience it for themselves as they are literally "Retracing the Steps of Lincoln."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979880278
  • Publisher: Acclaim Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Snell: In late 2000, following an 18-year stint as the computing center director at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, John W. Snell began his pursuit of a long-time dream of a career in photography. By 2006, his success in landscape and nature photography led him to partner with Acclaim Press to author "Red River Gorge, The Eloquent Landscape," a book containing 130 of his color photographs. The book, released in November 2006, garnered high praise and quickly went into a second printing. When Acclaim needed a photographer for "Through the Eyes of Lincoln," they immediately looked to Kentucky native John W. Snell to provide the modern day photographic images for the book.

Snell's work has appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography & Imaging and Keeneland magazines. He has won honors for his photography in various Lexington Art League and Creative Camera Club (based in Lexington) competitions. He is a juried member of Kentucky Crafted: The Market and The Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, and participates in a variety of juried art fairs. His work is sold in galleries throughout Kentucky, and his prints hang in offices and residential walls as far away as Australia. A guest speaker at Kentucky state park photography weekends, he also teaches photography workshops for the Lexington Art League. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife, Anne.

Ron Elliott: A native of Lincoln County, Kentucky, is a graduate of Stanford High School, Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky.
Ron's background includes working on the historic Apollo missions, which placed Americans on the moon and teaching inKentucky's Community College system. Having a relative involved in the assassination of Kentucky's would-be governor, William Goebel, piqued his interest in history.
A popular speaker, Ron is the author of Assassination at the State House, The Silent Brigade, Inside the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire and numerous magazine articles. Semi-retired, Ron currently lives in Nelson County Kentucky.
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  • Posted January 13, 2010

    A totally diferent approach to revisiting the man who failed so often. The text and photographs provide some clues on the tenacity of the tall great President beneath the cloak and stove-top hat.

    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.

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