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Lincoln Tells a Joke by Kathleen Krull
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Sep 28, 10

bookshelves: to-read, children-s-books, j-non-fiction

I enjoyed this short non-fiction account, but I will say the overwhelming impression I got of Lincoln's life from this book was that it sucked and was depressing most of the time, and that he just managed to laugh even though it was one terrible thing after another. He even laughed as he died. I'm not sure that the title does what the subtitle promises, it doesn't seem to show how laughter saved the country or really got anything done. Maybe it should say how Lincoln laughed until he died laughing. Or laugh all you want, but things will still suck, and even if you are funny, someone or many someones will still want you to die, and someone might succeed. But, that said, I think it does demonstrate how you can laugh through the worst times, and is an interesting take on a familiar president.
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