Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness (Paperback)
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Short Description for Lincoln's Melancholy Drawing on seven years of his own research and the work of other esteemed Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the 16th president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success.
- Published: 02 October 2006
- Format: Paperback 350 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780618773442 ISBN 10: 0618773444
- Sales rank: 110,464
Full description for Lincoln's Melancholy
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 Lincoln'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.