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

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In this astonishing and illuminating book, Joshua Wolf Shenk reveals the deep melancholy that pervaded Abraham Lincoln's life and its influence on his mature character. Mired in personal suffering as a young man, Lincoln forged a hard path toward mental health. His coping strategies and depressive insight ultimately helped the sixteenth president find the strength that he, and America, needed to overcome the nations greatest turmoil. Drawing on seven years of research, Shenk offers a nuanced, revelatory perspective on Lincoln and his legacy.

About the Author

JOSHUA WOLF SHENK is an essayist and independent scholar whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and in the national bestseller Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression. He has written for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, Mother Jones, and other publications. He has been a correspondent for the New Republic, the Economist, and U.S. News & World Report. A contributing editor to the Washington Monthly and a faculty member at New School University, Shenk serves on the advisory council of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and consulted on the History Channel's film Lincoln. He lives in Brooklyn.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547526898
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Revolutionary
Author:
Shenk, Joshua Wolf
Subject:
History : Revolutionary
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Historical - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
History : United States - Civil War
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
368

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Biography » Presidents and Heads of State
History and Social Science » Military » Civil War » General
History and Social Science » US History » 1800 to Civil War
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