And the Pursuit of Happiness

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November 15, 2010
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  The cover of the book of course shows us one of our most beloved founding fathers, one whose sense of invention and play would obviously appeal to an intellect like Kalman's.
    The cover of the book of course shows us one of our most beloved founding fathers, one whose sense of invention and play would obviously appeal to an intellect like Kalman's.
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  Good old Honest Abe also gets loads of attention in the book. She commenced her reporting around the time of Obama's inauguration where Lincoln loomed large.
    Good old Honest Abe also gets loads of attention in the book. She commenced her reporting around the time of Obama's inauguration where Lincoln loomed large.
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  Kalman loves little more than rendering people in their everyday dress, in this case Margaret Plantagenet Pole who lost her head to Henry VIII.
    Kalman loves little more than rendering people in their everyday dress, in this case Margaret Plantagenet Pole who lost her head to Henry VIII.
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  Here Kalman speculates on whether Lincoln mighn't have liked the dancing of ballerina Laura Le Claire.
    Here Kalman speculates on whether Lincoln mighn't have liked the dancing of ballerina Laura Le Claire.
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  Everyday folk work their way into Kalman's narrative. As do loads of bright colors.
    Everyday folk work their way into Kalman's narrative. As do loads of bright colors.
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  Here's another great chronicler of our democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville.
    Here's another great chronicler of our democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville.
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  A student from PS 47 in the Bronx.
    A student from PS 47 in the Bronx.
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  Kalman muses on what role trust plays in a democracy. Trust between citizens.
    Kalman muses on what role trust plays in a democracy. Trust between citizens.
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  Sir Thomas More cuts a somber figure, though there was little utopian about his beheading by Henry VIII.
    Sir Thomas More cuts a somber figure, though there was little utopian about his beheading by Henry VIII.
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  Mary Todd Lincoln's haircut.
    Mary Todd Lincoln's haircut.
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  I love it when Kalman really goes for the costumes of the people she paints. Here's Czar Alexander II of Russia.
    I love it when Kalman really goes for the costumes of the people she paints. Here's Czar Alexander II of Russia.
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