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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Coffeetown Press (April 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603810218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603810210
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ANNE E. BEIDLER is a former director of Family House, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Philadelphia, PA. She holds a doctorate in educational research from Lehigh University. In addition to The Addiction of Mary Todd Lincoln, she is also author of Eating Owen, a historical novel.

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I liked the book but ... it did not hold my attention for long.
Glenda J. Blake
Also shows the love of Mary's son Robert for her even though he was disdained for his actions for his addictive mother.
Mary dougherty
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about addiction.
Shana Ray

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By kinderkids on March 13, 2012
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I find it interesting that in all the many volumes written about Mary, no one seriously considered the possibility of addiction. The author paints a clear, authentic picture of the pervasive use of unregulated opiates, alcohol and the mixing of the two in the 19th century (and before), due to the ignorance of the long-term effects of the chemicals, and ignorance of the pathology of addiction in general. The author points out the fact that at this time, there were no "rehabs"--addicts who couldn't function had to go to insane asylums, and the only way to get there was to be declared legally "insane." That Mary was a woman in pain is well-documented; that the common treatment for pain at that time was some form of opiate is also well-documented. So, to infer that she could be addicted was not a big leap, and certainly no less than to infer that she was manic-depressive. At best, it's all an educated guess. She could have been all these things.

Contrary to the previous poster, I found the author to have treated this subject with much compassion--more than any other write I have read on the subject. Having been an addict herself, Ms. Beiler does not disparage addicts, nor does she disparage Mary. My favorite chapter, in fact, is "To Sum Up", in which Ms. Beiler writes an imaginary letter to Mary, encouraging her in the way she should have been but probably never was, ie, that she was a brave woman to have left her affluent life to live with a penniless man, to give up her servants and care for her home and children herself (an arduous task in the 19th century)while her husband was never around. She had courage in that, although from the south, she openly opposed slavery and refused to own slaves, which alienated her from her family and the entire south during the Civil War.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl M-M on February 24, 2012
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It is an interesting insight into what may be behind the stories that circulate about Mary Todd Lincoln. Her trial for insanity and what seemed liked crazy uncontrollable behaviour. Even if that doesn't appeal to the reader the book also contains a clear if harsh look upon addiction in this century and previous ones. It gives examples of signs and symptoms of addiction. The writer has compiled a timeline and excerpts of letters than show a Mary who battled with severe migraine attacks. In those days she would have been prescribed an opiate for her pain. An addiction would explain a lot of her erratic behaviour and violent outbursts. If so wouldn't the son have chosen to send her to a sanatorium to recover rather than having her stand trial and declared insane. Although it contained a lot of information the book seemes very opinionated rather than fact proven. It also seemed quite jaded towards addicts. I felt it also lacked a sense of compassion for the events that scarred Marys life. Her mother died when she was six, three of her four children died and her husband was murdered. That would drive any sane person round the bend, with or without the use of opiates.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kokotraveler on October 31, 2009
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This book was fascinating because of the little known insight into a largely misunderstood figure in American history. This account is well written with some personal perspectives from the author. (My husband, who is not a reader, even enjoyed reading this one "over my shoulder".)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alw88 on March 8, 2014
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I learned so much about Mary Todd Lincoln and a lot about opiate addiction on the rise in the mid to late 1800s. It is fascinating. I enjoyed reading this and learned a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shi's mom on August 18, 2013
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We read this book for our book club before the movie Lincoln came out. We were all so excited to learn more about the First Lady and her struggles with addiction. This book, with obvious good intentions, was very redundant explaining Mary Todd's addiction to morphine and explaining signs of being an addict. I felt after reading the first chapter I had the point of the book. Each chapter repeated the same point over and over and was exhausting to read. I felt as if I were reading a high school essay and became restless and bored with each chapter. This book could have been summed up in a two page essay and not a redundant "book."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Winstanley on July 5, 2013
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This is written more like a college thesis than an actual book regarding Mary Todd Lincoln. While the middle section does have some interesting tidbits into the mentality of the era regarding the use of opium for the treatment of illness, it fell far short of the main subject of the book. If you are looking for something of any depth regarding Mary Todd Lincoln and her mental and physical health, please look elsewhere. This book was very disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allene K. Bowden on February 11, 2013
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I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the movie, "Lincoln". It seemed to answer questions that the movie didn't have time to address. I would also recommend the book, "A. Lincoln", by White. Very long, but very well documented.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Quilter on January 10, 2013
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This book started out with history of Mary Todd Lincoln. But now as I read further, I'm bogged down with details about the general behavior of drug addicts and what sort of drugs elicit different additions. I'm not sure I'm going to keep going. I was interested in Mary Lincoln, not a textbook on drug addition.
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