Okay guys, so I know that I’m coming a little late to the party, but I recently saw the movie Lincoln, directed by the one and only Steven Spielberg. It had a cast consisting of Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and David Strathairn. Personally, I was pretty impressed by this movie. There was a lot of history to it but it really brought out the feel of that time. It was well-written and well-structured. It had bits of humor to it that lightened up the mood and made people laugh. I think Daniel Day-Lewis did a great job of playing and acting out the character of his character, so to speak. If you get what I mean.
I really liked a lot about this movie, the characters, how things played out, how they portrayed life at that time, how they showed Lincoln as a person in all his brilliance, and doing all these things in the way only Steven Spielberg knows how to do. Plus, Tommy Lee Jones from Men in Black and Joseph Gordon-Levitt from Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and G.I. Joe were in there. I love both of them as actors and the movies that they’re in.
I think the most important thing this movie does is that it paints a portrait of an amazing figure in America’s history and shows the genius of Abraham Lincoln by simply transcending, ignoring and saying all the right things. All the elements are there, the happiness, the triumph, the stress, the power that was against and for his decisions, the way he loved the people and the way he ultimately paid for it with his own life.
On the other hand, I think that some people won’t appreciate how this story goes around for a little bit right in the middle. I thought that was necessary to prove how much stress and work Lincoln put into getting the 13th Amendment passed. I did think that Steven Spielberg could’ve pulled a little bit stronger ending, but otherwise I really liked this movie. 4 stars. Below are some great Abraham Lincoln books.
Length: 150 minutes
Screenplay Writer: Tony Kushner
Rating on Rotten Tomatoes: 89/100% by critics, 84/100% by users
Lincoln’s Last Days: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly
This makes a great gift for tweens and really teaches them about Lincoln himself.
Synopsis: In the spring of 1865, President Abraham Lincoln travels through Washington, D.C., after finally winning America’s bloody Civil War. In the midst of celebrations, Lincoln is assassinated at Ford’s Theatre by a famous actor named John Wilkes Booth. What follows is a thrilling chase, ending with a fiery shoot-out and swift justice for the perpetrators.
pg count for the hardback: 336
Recommended for boys and girls 10-13
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Oh yeah! No, I’m not kidding. This is a really interesting account on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. It’s like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies except instead of Pride and Prejudice—one of my favorite classics, it’s Abraham Lincoln. And now he’s a vampire hunter.
Synopsis: Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.”
“My baby boy…” she whispers before dying.
Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.
Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.
pg count hardcover: 336
Recommended for boys and girls 13-16
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly
This one came first. The first book is the tween version. This is the adult version. That means adults, don’t read the first one. This one’s right here, and it’ll provide a more in-depth, complicated version of the one above. This is a great book that provides a lot of insight into Lincoln’s life.
Synopsis: In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth—charismatic ladies’ man and impenitent racist—murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre. A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country’s most wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices. The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions—including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government, Mary Surratt. Featuring some of history’s most remarkable figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action,Killing Lincoln is history that reads like a thriller.
pg count for the hardcover: 315
Recommended for adults
Lincoln by David Herbert Donald
Synopsis: David Herbert Donald’s Lincoln is a stunningly original portrait of Lincoln’s life and presidency. Donald brilliantly depicts Lincoln’s gradual ascent from humble beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever- expanding political circles in Illinois, and finally to the presidency of a country divided by civil war. Donald goes beyond biography, illuminating the gradual development of Lincoln’s character, chronicling his tremendous capacity for evolution and growth, thus illustrating what made it possible for a man so inexperienced and so unprepared for the presidency to become a great moral leader. In the most troubled of times, here was a man who led the country out of slavery and preserved a shattered Union — in short, one of the greatest presidents this country has ever seen.
pg count for the paperback: 720
Recommended for adults
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
Again, this book makes for a really great gift to history kids. It’s a great story, provides a lot of ideas about what happened with John Wilkes Booth and Abraham Lincoln. I liked this book a little bit more than the first one, but they were both really great.
Synopsis: This story is true. All the characters are real and were alive during the great manhunt of April 1865. Their words are authentic and come from original sources: letters, manuscripts, trial transcripts, newspapers, government reports, pamphlets, books and other documents. What happened in Washington, D.C., that spring, and in the swamps and rivers, forests and fields of Maryland and Virginia during the next twelve days, is far too incredible to have been made up.
pg count for the hardcover: 194
Recommended for girls and boys 11-13
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