Poor Abraham Lincoln! His life was hardly fun at all. A country torn in two by war, citizens who didn’t like him as president, the loss of two young sons, a homely appearance–what could there possibly be to laugh about? And yet he did laugh. Lincoln wasn’t just one of our greatest presidents. He was a comic storyteller, a lover of jokes, someone who could lighten a grim situation with a clever quip. What better way to deal with a hard life than to find the humor in it?
<b>Paul Brewer </b>is known for bringing humorous, and well-researched nonfiction to young readers. With his wife, Kathleen Krull, he has co-written <i>The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny), <i></i>Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country), </i> and others. He lives in San Diego, California.