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Russell Freedman (1929–2018)

Author of Lincoln: A Photobiography

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About the Author

Russell Freedman was born in San Francisco, California on October 11, 1929. He received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 1951. After college, he served in the U.S. Counter Intelligence Corps during the Korean War. After his military service, he became a show more reporter and editor with the Associated Press. In 1956, he took a position at the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson in New York, where he did publicity writing for television. In 1965, he became a full-time writer. His first book, Teenagers Who Made History, was published in 1961. He went on to publish more than 60 nonfiction titles for young readers including Immigrant Kids, Cowboys of the Old West, Indian Chiefs, Martha Graham: A Dancer's Life, Confucius: The Golden Rule, Because They Marched: The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America, Vietnam: A History of the War, and The Sinking of the Vasa. He received the Newbery Medal for Lincoln: A Photobiography and three Newbery Honors for Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery, The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane, and The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights. He also received the Regina Medal, the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award, the Orbis Pictus Award, the Sibert Medal, a Sibert Honor, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the National Humanities Medal. He died on March 16, 2018 at the age of 88. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Russell Freedman

Lincoln: A Photobiography (1987) 2,504 copies
Immigrant Kids (1980) 1,057 copies
Children of the Wild West (1983) 797 copies
Cowboys of the Wild West (1985) 550 copies
Adventures of Marco Polo (2006) 537 copies
An Indian Winter (1992) 457 copies
Indian Chiefs (1987) 390 copies
Buffalo Hunt (1988) 385 copies
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1990) 361 copies
Confucius : The Golden Rule (2002) 339 copies
Washington at Valley Forge (2008) 218 copies
The Boston Tea Party (2012) 144 copies
Teenagers Who Made History (1961) 20 copies
Animal Architects (1971) 19 copies
Animal Fathers (1975) 15 copies
Farm Babies (1981) 14 copies
They Lived with Dinosaurs (1980) 13 copies
How Birds Fly (1977) 8 copies
Sharks (1985) 7 copies
Getting Born (1978) 6 copies
Dinosaurs and Their Young (1983) 6 copies
Animal games (1976) 5 copies
Killer snakes (1982) 5 copies
Animal instincts (1970) 4 copies
Rattlesnakes (1984) 4 copies
Killer Fish (1982) 4 copies
The first days of life (1974) 2 copies
A Indian Winter 2 copies
Books 1 copy

Associated Works

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contributor — 353 copies
911: The Book of Help (2002) — Contributor — 49 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 7, March 1978 (1978) — Contributor — 5 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 3, November 1975 (1975) — Contributor — 3 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 9, May 1977 (1977) — Contributor — 2 copies


Common Knowledge



This book by Russell Freedman is a Newberry award winner. It is about president Abraham Lincoln. It is nonfiction and about real United States history. This book is a biography about the presidents life from his childhood until his death.
ergoldie | 49 other reviews | Apr 16, 2024 |
A Newbery Honor-winning biography of the men whose experiments brought about the Age of Flight.
This engaging narrative account of Orville and Wilbur Wright, two men with little formal schooling but a knack for solving problems, follows their interest from a young age in the developing field of aeronautics. Russell Freedman’s writing brings the brothers’ personalities to life, enhancing the record of events with excerpts from the brothers’ writing and correspondence, and accounts of those who knew them.
Chronicling their lives from their early mechanical work on toys and bicycles through the development of several flyers, The Wright Brothers follows the siblings through their achievements—not only the first powered, sustained, controlled airplane flight, but the numerous improvements and enhancements that followed, their revolutionary airplane business, and the long legacy of that first brief flight.
Illustrated with numerous historical photographs—many taken by the Wright brothers themselves—this is a concise, extremely reader-friendly introduction to these important American inventors.
Includes a note on the Wright brothers’ photographs, as well as recommendation for further reading and learning.
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MasseyLibrary | 5 other reviews | Feb 22, 2024 |
This book was a little slow to start but really picked up to become a very engaging book. The book was able to teach me a great deal without dumbing down some very complicated issues. The pictures were interesting but the book was seriously lacking in a map of the Civil War battles.
mslibrarynerd | 49 other reviews | Jan 13, 2024 |
Honestly, as I read this I was thinking how it stacked up against last year's [b:The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club|25445456|The Boys Who Challenged Hitler Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club|Phillip M. Hoose|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1430245146s/25445456.jpg|42246997]. And I was thinking about how those saboteur Churchill Club boys were more exciting than the pamphleteer Scholl siblings. But then I got to the end of this book and BAM. Whoa. I teared up. I felt awful for thinking for even a minute that the White Rose story was tame by comparison. If I had known from the beginning how it ended for Sophie and Hans I think I would've read the story in a different light.

Beyond my personal reaction, I think this story is told with admirable precision (I read it in about an hour) which makes it appealing for younger readers. But there are some very rattling, morbid parts of the story that make me think it's generally best for 6th grade and up.

You could definitely have quite a discussion around the themes, particularly how the Scholl siblings both professed to know right from wrong by looking inside themselves. Do human beings have an innate sense of good and evil? Or can we only know what we're taught? Hans Scholl: "I'm searching for myself, just myself, because this much I do know; I'll only find the truth inside me." Sophie Scholl: "We carry all our standards within ourselves, only we don't look for them closely enough. Perhaps because they are the severest standards."
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LibrarianDest | 14 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |



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