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

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

Joshua Wolf Shenk


A considerate, nuanced portrait of Abraham Lincoln that reveals his mythical political strengths rooted in his such a lot own struggles.

 

Giving form to the deep melancholy that pervaded Lincoln's grownup lifestyles, Joshua Wolf Shenk's Lincoln's Melancholy finds how this ailment motivated either the president's personality and his management. Lincoln cast a difficult direction towards psychological healthiness from the time he was once a tender guy. Shenk attracts from old list, interviews with Lincoln students, and modern study on melancholy to appreciate the character of his sadness. within the procedure, he discovers that the President's coping strategies—among them, a wealthy humorousness and an inclination towards quiet reflection—ultimately helped him to steer the state via its maximum turmoil.

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