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Assassination!: The Brick Chronicle of Attempts on the Lives of Twelve US Presidents Hardcover – November 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620879980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620879986
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brendan Powell Smith is the author of the bestselling Brick Bible series for adults and two children's books in the Brick Bible for Kids series: Noah's Ark and The Christmas Story. He has produced nearly five thousand illustrations retelling over four hundred Bible stories. His work can be seen on his website at www.thebrickbible.com.

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Please do not buy this book for children!
Niffer
If you have read Brendan Powell Smith's other lego books - most of which have a biblical theme, you either love his work or regret showing it to your young children.
J. Burton
Well written, once again using beautiful graphics.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Field on October 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I recently got to read the latest brick book by Smith, and I've got to say he's really outdone himself. The illustrations are gorgeous, the caricatures spot on, and the storytelling pitch perfect. I also think the layout and look of this book is the most suited to the content yet. Best of all, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts - the amusing differences and troubling similarities in each assassination story sent me through a range of thoughts and emotions. It's amusing as hell, but I found it also had an unexpected impact. And I got a fascinating glimpse into one weird thread of American history along the way.

In short, I laughed, I cried, it was better than cutting off my own testicles with a knife.**

**You'll understand when you read the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By My Book Addiction and More on November 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
ASSASSINATION! THE BRICK CHRONICLE OF ATTEMPTS ON THE LIVES OF TWELVE US PRESIDENTS by Brendan Powell Smith is an entertaining History. What this author can do with Lego's is amazing! Not only is this title entertaining but educational as well. A uniquely powerful way for youngsters to learn history using Lego's as graphics. I learned stuff I didn't know, as my grandchildren say " I am over the hill,but not too old".....I would encourage you to check out "Assassination!" I don't think you will regret your choice of reading material. If you wish to learn more on the history of the twelve US presidents who either had attempted assassinations or where assassinated, than this is the book for you. Youngsters will enjoy this telling of history as well as older children. Who doesn't enjoy Lego's,right? A very enterprising way to teach history. Please be aware some parents may have issues with the content,due to some of the graphic and gory information. But afterall, this is history! A joy to read! Well written, once again using beautiful graphics. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

RATING: 4.5

HEAT RATING: Mild*Some graphic and gory information*

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doug Stone on January 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Legos and history, are you kidding me? But it works incredibly well. There are all kinds of interesting facts behind the events that Smith uncovers making for extremely interesting reading and the accompanying photos depicting what you have just read in a scene constructed from Legos are priceless. You don't have to be a history buff to enjoy this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Kelley on January 30, 2014
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I bought this book on the strength of Brendan Powell Smith's other work, The Brick Testament. I was really surprised by this book. He obviously did a large amount of research on each assassination, and each scene is constructed with an amazing amount of detail.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Burton on January 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
If you have read Brendan Powell Smith's other lego books - most of which have a biblical theme, you either love his work or regret showing it to your young children. "Assassination!" certainly deals with some very dark themes, juxtaposed with lego bricks. If you want an earnest review of presidential assassination attempts detailing the political milleu that gave rise to killers motivated by ideology and a discussion of the kind of mental illness which can drive an attention-seeking personality to political action then this book is a strange, short and wonderful snapshot of history.

The book is not put out by The Lego Group. The author is not affiliated with The Lego Group. Up until recently, The Lego Group did not even produce minifigures with realistic guns. They still don't produce the detailed type of guns in this book, which I believe are all custom mods. The book is illustrated in lego bricks, in the same way a model builder makes models or a sculptor sculpts.

Though my 11 year old has flipped through the pages of this book, I would probably not give it to children significantly younger, unless I was prepared to engage them in a lengthy discussion about the contents. Anarchism, Communism, Racism, Classism, and sexuality are all discussed. The book gives a fair treatment to the assassins, explaining either how they arrived at their gruesome decision or how their decision-making was impaired. It is a bizzarely fun read on an interesting topic which is simultaneously lightened and darkened by the character of the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Camley on February 11, 2014
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I got this book for my lego-loving sons. We already have the New and Old Testaments and were looking for something new. The way Brendan Powell Smith creates these books is amazing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joel Manuel on January 13, 2014
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I've read books on the Presidents since I was 8, and this is truly an incredible and original book. The only problem I had with it is this: why was the attempt on President Truman in 1950 not featured? I've done a brief internet search, but can't find any reason for the omission.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Rowley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Ran across this book at one of the local bookstores. And since I like LEGO stuff I bought a copy. I was fascinated with how creative that the author could be with using LEGO blocks to illustrate scenes from history. You can tell a lot of peices were custom made. The history about the presidents was interesting too. Looking at the author's page here at Amazon, I see that he has a number of these books - topics ranging from bible stories to American history. I might be adding more of them to my collection.
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