Lincoln's Melancholy

Lincoln's Melancholy

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Giving shape to the deep depression that pervaded the sixteenth president's adult life, Joshua Wolf Shenk's Lincoln's Melancholy reveals how this illness influenced both the president's character and his leadership.

Lincoln forged a hard path toward mental health from the time he was a young man. Shenk draws from historical record, interviews with Lincoln scholars, and contemporary research on depression to understand the nature of his unhappiness. In the process, he discovers that the President's coping strategies -- among them, a rich sense of humor and a tendency toward quiet reflection -- ultimately helped him to lead the nation through its greatest turmoil.

ISBN: 9780618773442

Published Date: December 29, 2006

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company

Language: English

Page Count: 350

Size: 8.25" l x 5.41" w x 0.98" h