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 unearths his mythical political strengths rooted in his so much own struggles.

 

Giving form to the deep melancholy that pervaded Lincoln's grownup existence, Joshua Wolf Shenk's Lincoln's Melancholy finds how this disorder prompted either the president's personality and his management. Lincoln cast a troublesome direction towards psychological overall healthiness from the time he was once a tender guy. Shenk attracts from old list, interviews with Lincoln students, and modern examine on melancholy to appreciate the character of his disappointment. within the method, he discovers that the President's coping strategies—among them, a wealthy humorousness and a bent towards quiet reflection—ultimately helped him to guide the kingdom via its maximum turmoil.

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