If you wanted a good primer on photo trickery prior to the existence of Photoshop, check out The Atlantic’s brief history of pre-Photoshop fakery. Turns out photographers have been interested in this type of manipulation for almost as long as photographs have existed. The Atlantic post lead me to Four And Six’s archive of photo tampering throughout history. It is neat.
Stalin was one of the first to cut out his exes and enemies.
It might be just me, but I really struggled through the first 125-odd pages of this book until Lincoln got elected (sorry for the spoiler. He dies at the end. Damn it, again!). Kearns has obviously written the book from the perspective that Lincoln always made the right decision, and thus didn’t include any decisions he got wrong. That said, Lincoln sure seemed to make a hell of a lot of decisions correctly.
Lincoln Memorials in NYC, 16 hour audiobook of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates and superpower Lincoln biopic coming in 2011 from Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner, Liam Neeson, and Sally Field, with music by John Williams.