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Abraham Lincoln
Bracken, Thomas.
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Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Chelsea House Publishers, [1998]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Presents the sixteenth president of the United States as faced with both personal tribulations and national problems.
Reading Level:
1280 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.9 7 Quiz: 17970 Guided reading level: NR.

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Lake Shore Library E457.905 .B68 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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This biography recounts Lincoln's bouts with depression and his many personal tragedies.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-9-Bracken relates how Lincoln refused to let his undistinguished background, lack of formal education, financial difficulties, personal struggles with depression, and his wife's precarious emotional state prevent him from striving to achieve and working for what he considered to be right. The author explains how this ability to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles served the president well during his struggle to preserve the Union and end slavery. Bracken uses some primary sources to illuminate this biography. Some careless errors were made, however, such as incorrectly placing the battle of Shiloh in Kentucky and describing the population of the Confederacy as four million. Black-and-white photographs of average quality add little to the text. Appendixes detail Mrs. Lincoln's mental health and the conspiracy to assassinate Lincoln. This book joins a crowded field. Roger Bruns's Abraham Lincoln (Chelsea, 1986) covers much of the same material from the perspective of the president's leadership abilities. In contrast, Albert Marrin's outstanding Commander in Chief (Dutton, 1997) offers more background about Lincoln's life and gives a fuller examination of the slavery issue and the conduct of the war. It is by far the better choice.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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