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The Addiction of Mary Todd Lincoln Paperback – April 3, 2009
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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.Read more ›
How Mary was able to function at all is beyond me. She seems to become an inconvenient bother, by many who judged her. Mrs. Keckley, who was her malatto dress maker, friend and confidant. was the only person she could truely depend on. And in a way, as Elizabeth Keckley put it, paraphrasing, she was the only one who gave her positive re-enforcement by telling her, "You are courageous". Somewhere in her deluded mind there was still some part of the independent young woman who was going to marry a president.
I think everyone in this sad, co-dependent scenerio, were doing their best, to take care of Mary. Unfortunately, the long abuse of a the opiates, that were given to her regularly, and with No Betty Ford Clinics in sight, her family and friend had to make do with what they had. That was deeming her leagaly insane, putting her in an Insane Assylum and quieting her outbursts with Morphine. What a tragedy for the pretty young woman who was bright, politically savvy and was from a well to do family with money and the means to have the world at her feet.
I hope you like it as much as I did. Diana
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't yet read it but a coworker recommended it to me saying it was very good.Published 2 months ago by grandmamich
Much of the book dealt with drug addiction in general. I was expecting a book that was 100% about Mary Todd Lincoln. This was not the case. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bookworm
very interesting book but seems to go on forever with the same infoPublished 8 months ago by Cindy P.
for the possibility that Mary Todd Lincoln was dependant on pain medication. I would also add the idea of PTSD and postpartum depression as potentially aggravating factors. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Princess
I've always been a fan of President Abraham Lincoln and read a lot of biographies about him. Many biographies would not go to in-depth on the First Lady or would make mention of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by HuntleyMC
Very interesting read. Explained alot of why she acted as she did. I felt very sorry for her, but in her time, things were so very different.Published 17 months ago by Bob Anbro
I present Mary Lincoln so I wanted to see what this author had to say. I am also a clinical social worker and treat addiction. I found the addiction information very accurate. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Barbmom
I felt the author based most of her conclusions, on flimsy documentation. Nothing was proven conclusively.Published 19 months ago by James R. Boltz
I thought this book would deal more with Mrs. Lincoln's addictions and mental problems but it seemed to deal more with all the present usage of drugs. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer