It’s been a big year for Abraham Lincoln. Although the sixteenth president of the United States died in 1865, he's been all over pop culture in 2012. In addition to several biographies, Steven Spielberg has a major Lincoln biopic in the works. Parsing through the cultural detritus, here are our picks for Lincoln-mania:
5. Abe Lincoln at the Hollywood Bowl
County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky made his performing debut at the Hollywood Bowl narrating A Lincoln Portrait, an orchestral work by composer Aaron Copland.
4. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (June 2012)
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the movie follows a buff Lincoln as he hunts down vampires who are trying to take over the United States. Although it was based on a succesful novel, the film flopped, failing to attract history buffs or Twilight fans.
3. The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln (July 2012)
In this 528-page legal thriller, Stephen Carter imagines a world where Lincoln survives John Wilkes Booth's attempted assassination and two years laters faces an impeachment trial.
2. Lincoln’s Last Days (August 2012)
Adapted from his book, Killing Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly released an illustrated edition -- for children and adults -- that recounts the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
1. Lincoln (November 2012)
Set near the end of the Civil War as Lincoln and his Cabinet argue about abolishing slavery, Spielberg's big budget film stars Daniel Day Lewis as Honest Abe.
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