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Mrs. Lincoln: A Life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2011

    Very interesting.

    Being an American History major with a special interest in the American Civil War, I had heard many stories of Mary Lincoln's "sanity".
    After reading this book, I have found a real understanding for Mary Lincoln and why she behaved as she did. She was pretty much "driven" to it. Anyone who reads this book will see a woman ahead of her time, who was watched and ridiculed by not only the public and media, but by her husband's advisers as well. As if this wasn't upsetting enough, she lost her mother at a young age, three of her four sons, watched her husband's murder, was thrown out of his room when dying, put in an institution by her only surviving son, and left pretty much broke. There's more, but I don't want to give it all away.
    The only thing I don't agree with the author about is the claim that Mary Lincoln was the first, First Lady. I always thought Dolly Madison was, but Mary Lincoln was definitely the most watched and ridiculed First Lady of that time so far.
    I highly recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Mrs. Lincoln

    The Mrs. Lincoln I "met" in this book was somewhat different than how she has been portrayed in other books. There was much more to her character as a person than we had been led to believe previously. Who of us wouldn't have become more fragile emotionally and vulnerable had we experienced the tremendous losses she did. I grew to have empathy for her.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Mrs. Lincoln

    I have read several books on Mrs. Lincoln. This is one I could not put down. Thank you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

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    Good for the History thrilled

    I had a hard time reading this book as it did not keep my attention. I usually do not read history but wanted to start trying to read woman's history. I'm pretty sure i started with the wrong kind of book. Pictures were interesting though. Just not a page turner for me. Lots of nice facts.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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