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From Romeo to JFK -- in Legos

Dive into four new books that use Legos to depict gripping moments in history and lit, from Shakespeare's plays to a fateful motorcade in Dallas.

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John Wilkes Booth readies the killing shot on President Abraham Lincoln in the new book "Assassinated!" The book showcases the attempts on the lives of 12 US presidents. Brendan Powell Smith/Assassinated!

You've seen the picture a thousand times. John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie, sit in the back of the limousine. It's the final moments of JFK's life, as seconds later, the president would be gunned down. But you've never seen it like this before -- made entirely out of Legos.

That scene, and others from the assassination attempts on the lives of 12 American presidents, are featured in "Assassination!" in which Brendan Powell Smith tells the stories of every significant attack on a US president, including the killings of Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln, and the 1981 shooting of Ronald Reagan.

Shakespeare, tanks, and JFK's motorcade, in Legos (pictures)

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The book is oddly educational: Did you know that Osama bin Laden tried to kill Bill Clinton in Manila in 1996, for example?

"Assassination!" is just one of four new books from Skyhorse Publishing that showcase history and human achievement using nothing but Legos. In "Badass Bricks," Jake Mackay shows us how to use Legos to build 35 different famous weapons, while in "Extreme Bricks," Sarah Herman highlights dozens of gorgeous, artistic, Lego projects from a wide range of builders.

And finally, in "Brick Shakespeare," Monica Sweeney, Becky Thomas, and John McCann present "Hamlet," "Macbeth," "Romeo and Juliet," and "Julius Caesar" in Legos.

The new books follow on other recent Lego book projects, including "Beautiful Lego," by Mike Doyle, and "Lego Space: Building the Future," by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard.