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Summers with Lincoln: Looking for the Man in the Monuments Hardcover – March 14, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0823228959 ISBN-10: 0823228959 Edition: 0th

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press (March 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823228959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823228959
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,034,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. . . A captivating book that chronicles four summers on the road looking for Lincoln stories in statues of marble and bronze.


In Summers with Lincoln: The Man Behind the Monuments, James A. Percoco intrepidly explores the past to share the history of how seven of these monuments came to be, what they meant to their sculptors and the public at their unveilings and what they mean to us today.


Percoco, a Lincoln scholar who recently published his third book, Summers With Lincoln: Looking for the Man in the Monuments, doesn't run a typical history course. The seniors spend only part of the year in class. Many of their lessons come as they volunteer at or visit the area's historical sites. That's the applied part of the course.


About the Author


James A. Percoco is an award-winning history teacher at West Springfield High School in Springfield, Virginia, and is History Educator-in-Residence at American University. He was a member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission's Advisory Board. Harold Holzer, Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is one of the nation's leading authorities on Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. He served as co-chairman of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and has written, co-written, or edited 35 books.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James McGrath Morris on March 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Everywhere you look in the United States there seems to be a statue of Lincoln. From Washington, DC, to Fort Wayne, IN, from Cincinnati, OH, to Newark, NJ, our nation's parks, squares, and town halls are dotted with sculptures of the sixteenth president. Over the course of four summers, teacher and author James Percoco traveled to learn first-hand about our nation's mania to put up stone and metal remembrances of Lincoln. He discovered a Lincoln who in death has come to embody each generation's idealistic hopes for a leader; a kind of stand-in for "the better angels of our nature," to quote Lincoln himself. In some ways it is not Lincoln, the president, war leader, or emancipator whom these sculptures commemorate but the Lincoln of our imaginations. A cross between "Blue Highways" by William Least Heat-Moon, and "Travels with Charley" by John Steinbeck, Percoco's "Summers with Lincoln" makes for thought-provoking reading about an important part of the American landscape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Burrus M. Carnahan on April 17, 2010
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"Summers with Lincoln" explores Abraham Lincoln's life and place in American culture, using as a vehicle the author's visits, with his students, to seven major Lincoln sculptures - Ball's "Emancipation Group" and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC; Manship's "Lincoln the Hoosier Youth" in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Bernard's Lincoln statue in Lytle Park, Cincinnati; Saint-Gauden's standing Lincoln in Lincoln Park, Chicago; Borglum's seated Lincoln in Newark, New Jersey; and Fraser's seated Lincoln in Bay View Cemetery, Jersey City. The result is an interesting and informative book on Lincoln that also imparts an impressive amount of American art history. It would be a useful guide for anyone visiting any of these monuments. The strongest chapter is the last, where Percoco presents the Lincoln Memorial as "the greatest collaboration in America between sculptor, architect and space."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. N. Stryker on May 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Summers with Lincoln: Looking for the Man in the Monuments

This book is a "must have" for anyone who is interested casually or seriously in Abraham Lincoln. It looks at the most studied President of the United States and yet adds new value through the dimension of his many memorials. It is both an insightful and novel approach. Percoco conceys Lincoln's character through interpretations of the monuments by getting inside the minds of Lincoln's many sculptors. It has relevance to modern experiences and the values of today's youthful scholars. It is based on a well-grounded, historical expertise and proceeds to rile up the reader's interest. It vibrantly captures the emotions and themes that were meant to be instilled by the creators of Lincoln's memorial scultures.

William N. Stryker
author and historian
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NLK on October 6, 2008
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Mr. Percoco offers wonderful insights into Abraham Lincoln the President and the ordinary man in taking us around the country to see statues erected to honor his memory. Not only do we learn about the importance of these monuments in remembering Mr. Lincoln, we learn of the artists that created them, the process they used to arrive at the image they created of him and the thoughts of the people during those periods in US history. The reader not only learns from Mr. Percoco, but learns from Mr. Percoco's students, past and present that shared this journey with him. A very enjoyable and informative book.
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