Freedman's biography of Abraham Lincoln transcends the typical juvenile biography by incorporating features typically associated with adult biography. He quotes from primary sources and portrays Lincoln in a fair and balanced approach, discussing Lincoln's faults as well as his contributions. He begins by contrasting legends about Lincoln with the facts themselves. Especially helpful are the sections at the end of the book that include excerpts from Lincoln's speeches, a list of historical sites associated with Lincoln, and a list of books about Lincoln. Freedman writes in a straight forward style and includes well known and lesser known photographs, drawings, and cartoons to illustrate the detailed text. This innovative biography won the 1988 Newberry Book Award.
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