Mrs. Lincoln: A Life

Mrs. Lincoln: A Life

by Catherine Clinton
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Mrs. Lincoln: A Life by Catherine Clinton

“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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060760410
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/19/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 415
Sales rank: 519,199
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Catherine Clinton is the author of Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom and Fanny Kemble's Civil Wars. Educated at Harvard, Sussex, and Princeton, she is a member of the advisory committee to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and holds a chair in U.S. history at Queen's University Belfast.

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Mrs. Lincoln 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MaliaMW More than 1 year ago
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.
griffin721 More than 1 year ago
I have read several books on Mrs. Lincoln. This is one I could not put down. Thank you.
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mooress2 More than 1 year ago
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.
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