Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered - Barry Denenberg and Christopher Bing 

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A name that comes up often when media pundits discuss a Barack Obama presidency is Abraham Lincoln. That's because of their shared desire to unite a divided nation and not "? oh, Lord, how one hopes "? for a life of promise taken too soon at the hands of a madman.

April 14, 1865, forever lives as a blight upon America's history, when Confederate conspirator John Wilkes Booth assassinated the president at Ford's Theatre. The ensuing manhunt and melee are recalled in a rather unique style in "Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered," written by Barry Denenberg with art by Christopher Bing.

At 12-by-18 inches, the book is roughly the size of an old newspaper, and made to look like one, too, with purposely yellowed pages, vintage photographs, pen-and-ink drawings and even authentic ads from the time period, selling everything from splint bottom hickory chairs to, um, slaves.

It may not be the best way to tell the story, but it's one that might get more kids to read it than would otherwise.

"?Rod Lott

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