Mrs. Lincoln

Mrs. Lincoln

A Life

Book - 2009
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"This engaging, wonderfully written narrative provides fresh insight into this complex woman. It is a triumph." --Doris Kearns Goodwin

Catherine Clinton, author of the award-winning Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, returns with Mrs. Lincoln, the first new biography in almost 20 years of Mary Todd Lincoln, one of the most enigmatic First Ladies in American history. Called "fascinating" by Ken Burns and "spirited and fast-paced" by the Boston Globe, Mrs. Lincoln is a meticulously researched and long overdue addition to the historical record. In the words of Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Joseph Ellis, Mrs. Lincoln "is distinctive for its abiding sanity, its deft and in-depth handling of the White House years, and for the consistent quality of its prose."

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2009.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060760403
Branch Call Number: 973.7092 LINCOLN
Characteristics: viii, 415 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.


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Jul 28, 2011

I found this book fascinating and an interesting way of finding out about Abraham Lincoln without having to read what are usually heavy-duty biographies. Mrs. Lincoln was indeed a colorful character and although history judged her harshly, Catherine Clinton does an excellent job of putting many accusations in their appropriate context. Mrs. Lincoln did indeed appear to love her husband and was a support to him until his untimely death at the hands of a murderer. Losing a husband and three sons (only one survived) is enough to send anyone to the brink of insanity. Highly recommended.


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