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Lincolns Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness Joshua Wolf Shenk

Lincolns Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

Joshua Wolf Shenk

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ISBN : 9780618773442
Paperback
368 pages
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A thoughtful, nuanced portrait of Abraham Lincoln that finds his legendary political strengths rooted in his most personal struggles.Giving shape to the deep depression that pervaded Lincolns adult life, Joshua Wolf Shenks Lincolns MelancholyMoreA thoughtful, nuanced portrait of Abraham Lincoln that finds his legendary political strengths rooted in his most personal struggles.Giving shape to the deep depression that pervaded Lincolns adult life, Joshua Wolf Shenks Lincolns Melancholy reveals how this illness influenced both the presidents 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 Presidents 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.