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Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    What a sad life...

    This was a fantastic account on the life of Mary Todd Lincoln. While at times I rolled my eyes at her antics, most of the book made me feel very, very sorry for her. She was called insane by her only surviving child and much of the country after she was forced to watch 3 of her 4 beloved children die horrible deaths, and witnessing her husband, whom she idolized, being shot in the head. She suffered alone for many years, called a "crazy lady" by acquaintences for believing in spiritualism as a way to contact her long lost loved ones, and suffered from many ailments. Although she was sometimes pushy and self-absorbed, she handled her losses with a strength that I don't think I could muster.

    The only problem I had with the book was the abrupt ending. Mrs. Lincoln died literally right at the end of the book, and I was left thinking surely there must be more...it was like falling off of a cliff.

    A must read, though, for those interested not only in Mary and Abraham Lincoln, but also for what life was like in the 19th century United States.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Absolutely Captivating!

    Mary Todd Lincoln comes to life in Jean Harvey Baker's biography of her. Ms. Baker's research is impeccable. She writes in a style that brings the reader into the world of Mrs. Lincoln. As a history major, I never had a true understanding of Mary Todd Lincoln. Ms. Baker's book gives scholarly insight into a most complex woman. Mary Lincoln played a pivotal part in the history of the United States and in my opinion, she is the most formidable of First Ladies. After reading this account of her life, I understand her persona. Ms. Baker validates Mary Lincoln's life.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    Full of facts and an unbiased biography

    Once I started reading, I had a hard time putting it down. There are literally hundreds of references throughout this book. After reading it, you will have a better understanding of this "First Lady," thanks to the diligent effort of the author to offer you factual evidence of her behavior. The first few chapters deal with her childhood and continues until her death. I would recommend it anyone interested in learning more about Mary Todd Lincoln and the Todd family in general.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2005

    Wonderful!

    I am so tired of the endless 'Mary bashing' it was refresing to read an insightful biography that shows a balanced look at this complicated and tragic figure in American history. If you want the full story behind Mary Todd Lincoln, read this book.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    All I didn't know about President's wives!

    I learned much that I didn't know about Mary Lincoln. I grew up hearing adults talk about Robert Lincoln's treatment of his mother so this book really interested me. So much has been made clear.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Beautifly researched and written

    A telling example of how lost much of women's history has been. Books like this can rewrite history. Amazing reading.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Good read!

    The truth about Mary Todd Lincoln...little known facts about this courageous woman who endured so much in her 68 year life. I highly reccommend this book to you.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2013

    Exceptional book. Especially enjoyable after reading the histori

    Exceptional book. Especially enjoyable after reading the historical novel "Mary" first, which used Baker's factual biography as a source.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Sad her love for her husband

    What a sad story we know so little abpur the wifee

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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