Need a Job? Write a Book About Lincoln
Honest Abe titles keep coming despite economic bust
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2008 7:25 PM CST
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(Newser) – Looking for a recession-proof job? Write a book about Abraham Lincoln, Joe Queenan advises in the Los Angeles Times. There are some 15,000 books about Lincoln already, and 50 more coming out next year. “As the very title Lincoln at Peoria suggests, there is literally no Lincoln-related subject too arcane to be explored by Lincolnianists,” Queenan writes.

Upcoming titles include Lincoln: The Biography of a Fightin' Illini and Too Ugly to Live, Too Fast to Die: The Life and Times of Honest Abe. Why all the Lincoln-love? Not only was he “probably America’s greatest president,” Queenan writes, he was a martyr, and “a million times more interesting than most of our presidents.” In today's economy, "the only American industry that hasn't gone bust so far is writing about Abe. Honest."