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Perhaps... one of the most unique books ever written about Abraham Lincoln or any other president. Honestly Abe A Cartoon Expose' of Abe Lincoln is a satirical and historical analysis of the man beneath the stove pipe hat by Lincoln impersonator Charles Brame. Combined with the efforts of Edgar "Sol" Soller, Brame compiled a political cartoon biography of one of the and most prolific writers in history. For more than 22 years, Brame has been on the stage as Abe Lincoln, both courtesy of his resemblance to the president and his Master of Arts in American History from the University of Missouri. (He) has simply pilfered scenes from his own act and merged them with the talents of an acclaimed political cartoonist to bring his show to the bookshelves. This method proves entertaining and informative with each page offering a different insight into Lincoln's life before, during and after his presidency. What is most refreshing is Brame's treatment of the more interesting accounts of his life. There is certainly nothing new in Honestly Abe for scholars who have read the myriad of words printed about Lincoln. But for those who have never had the patience to wade through a 400-page text about the president to discover interesting anecdotes and stories, this book will be an eye opener. For example, Lincoln was the first president to sport a beard, the only one to ever hold a patent, and the first to have (small) children in the White House. This led to some uproarious occasions, especially during a meeting with a group of society ladies when his son Tad thundered through the hallway pulled by a team of his pet goats harnessed to a chair. Each fact is accompanied by one of Soller's detailed illustrations. Lincoln was also the king of presidential writers. He produced more words than his favorite author, William Shakespeare....This from a man who by sheer determination (and a nasty habit of reading everything out loud) overcame his poor early education. He was perhaps the first president to champion the necessity of education across the nation. Lincoln's life and exploits are still an education and Honestly Abe is an enjoyable look at Lincoln 101. [via]