The list author says: "The number of books about Abraham Lincoln and interpretations of his life and beliefs, as well as on his assassination, grows yearly. This list will NOT include books that gratuitously insult Lincoln's memory, but will include books which promise to enlighten the reader as to the character of our 16th President, routinely listed by historians at the top of the list of US presidents published yearly.
My original introduction to Lincoln was by my mother when I was around five years old (in 1958), and concerned questions I had about why someone would have killed him. From there, through years of collecting works about various aspects of his life, I have accumulated what I believe will tell most readers just about everything they need to know about this man, whom I believe to be our greatest president, and who not only ended the abomination of slavery but preserved the United States of America."
"Wonderful photographs of Lincoln throughout the period from his early work as a lawyer to the end of his life. The Kunhardt family is famous for having probably the greatest collection of Lincoln photographs in existence."
"Best work I have read focusing on the motivation behind John Wilkes Booth's assassination of Lincoln, including his assembling of co-conspirators and delineation of his mindset about racism and Lincoln's determination to end slavery. A blow-by-blow book detailing the events leading up to the act, and the end of Booth."
"A recent addition, and one which covers a subject which few people knew about -- a gang of counterfeiters plan to steal the corpse of Abraham Lincoln and to hold it for ransom in order to get a fellow counterfeiter released from prison. This book caught me by surprise. While I knew this had happened, I have heretofore only seen brief mention of it in any book. Excellent job."
"An excellent companion volume to Swanson's book, Manhunt, in which copious amounts of photographs are highlighted in this description of the trials of the conspirators involved in Lincoln's assassination, including a series of photographs of the hanging of the conspirators for their involvement."
"Covering subjects such as the romance between Abraham Lincoln and Ann Rutledge (and her final resting place), whether or not Lincoln was baptized, the "gay Lincoln" myth, and the story that Lincoln supposedly wrote the Gettysburg Address on a scrap of paper found on the train to Gettysburg, premier Lincoln scholar and researcher Edward Steers uses his skills to examine a number of topics."
"After a friend tried to tell me that Lincoln was a slaveowner years ago (a never-ending myth) I found this book, which does a great job of putting a lot of myths to rest. Not that Lincoln detractors will be satisfied, but you can use this book to help you laugh at them."
"A classic work using Lincoln photographs from the unrivaled collection of Frederick Hill Meserve, this book illustrates, in text and pictures, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the events of the following twenty days back home to his burial in Springfield, Illinois."