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Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

the mind of a leader

As a fan of history I wanted to find out more about not just the facts of Lincoln's life but what made him tick. This was a very good book that delved into the inner workings of Lincoln and his famous depression. The author discuses the major events that may have contri...
As a fan of history I wanted to find out more about not just the facts of Lincoln's life but what made him tick. This was a very good book that delved into the inner workings of Lincoln and his famous depression. The author discuses the major events that may have contributed to his depression along with modern psychological theories. He discussed how his depression affected him, how he dealt with it, and how it led to his becoming one of America's greatest leaders. An interesting concept that is discussed was how socially normal it was for one to discuss their feelings with others so candidly, certainly something that is nearly taboo today. All in all, it was a half history half psychology book. If you've never read anything about Lincoln, start with Stephen Oates's 'With Malace Toward None' It is a straight shooting, easy to read, highly detailed biography. After reading that or one of the many other quality Lincoln bios. read this for better appreciation of Lincoln.

posted by Anonymous on August 2, 2007

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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Wow

This book is very hard to read until you reach the last two chapters. It's very well researched and original, but the author loses me due to boredom a few times. If you want to know more about the history of American depression this is the book for you. He describes how...
This book is very hard to read until you reach the last two chapters. It's very well researched and original, but the author loses me due to boredom a few times. If you want to know more about the history of American depression this is the book for you. He describes how the perception of depression has changed from decade to decade...yawn. Like I said the last two chapters were very interesting and kept me awake. The author just moves around too much for me.

posted by Azbarrelracer on June 29, 2009

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