Happy birthday, Mr. President
Unique among Lincoln books is Chuck Wills' Lincoln: The Presidential Archives, consisting of intimate photographs, personal letters, and documents that changed history. Facsimiles of documents are inserted in pockets throughout this handsome volume, which also includes ample text about Lincoln's life. One may like to imagine parents and children handling and perusing these removable documents together: Lincoln's handwritten Emancipation Proclamation, his marriage license, his Civil War telegram encouraging Gen. Grant to Let nothing delay . . . your military movements, the playbill for Ford's Theatre on the night of his assassination and the poster offering a reward for the capture of his killer. The quality of the photographic reproductions is excellent.