Ted Widmer has expertly documented one of the most critical times in US history. The nation was divided almost as much as it appears to be today. Lincoln's inauguration ushered in a much needed era of change that helped to extend human rights regardless of one's melanin content. This book not only details the 13 day journey that Lincoln took, but it also shines a spotlight on the backdrop of a nation on the verge of war. Widmer chronicles the journey of one of America's greatest presidents as he overcame one obstacle after another while maintaining his integrity as a leader and moving forward against a previously corrupt administration. It is fascinating to see similarities of historical events to what is happening in our nation today and we would be wise to take note, especially when the nation is facing a pandemic that is bringing the world to its knees.
This book is packed with historical photos and drawings. I would say it is almost 20% photos and illustrations and 80% text. Widmer's writing draws the reader in and paints pictures in clear terms with his writing style. This book is almost 600 pages but it has a bit everything: history, drama, humor, poetry, and illustrations.
Overall, and excellent addition to a Lincoln library or to anyone with an interest in one of the greatest presidents of all time.