November 29, 2012 – Whitman Publishing is releasing a new book by award-winning author Fred Reed in time for the holidays. Abraham Lincoln: Beyond the American Icon, a 464-page hardcover volume, has been available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide since November 19, 2012, the 149th anniversary of Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address. It can also be pre-ordered online. The book is a sequel to Reed’s best-selling Abraham Lincoln: The Image of His Greatness.
Fred Reed, Abraham Lincoln: Beyond the American Icon, Whitman Publishing, Atlanta (GE), 2012. Hardcover, 464 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, full color. ISBN 0794837417. $29.95.
In 2009 the United States – and the world – celebrated the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Reed’s book Abraham Lincoln: The Image of His Greatness was part of that celebration, chronicling America’s fascination with our homespun sixteenth president.
Now, in Abraham Lincoln: Beyond the American Icon, Reed continues his exploration of the ever-changing popular depiction of Lincoln – the idealized, the idolized, the iconic – the man and the myth – bringing our understanding up to the present day.
More than 1,400 images, both famous and obscure, show Lincoln on coins, tokens, medals, stamps, stocks, bonds, and paper money – as well as paintings, sculptures, magazine covers, advertisements, cartoons, movie stills, and other diverse media.
“Fred Reed’s narrative is engaging and thought-provoking,” said Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker. “His illustrations range from the legendary to some that have never been published. They show us how we Americans have seen our most honored president, how that vision has changed over the years, and what it says about our great nation.”
More information on this book gives the Whitman website.
A short biography of the United States’ sixteenth president offers The White House.
You can listen to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in a modern recording at Wikipedia.