In the tradition of psychobiography epitomized by Fawn Brodie (Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History, LJ 4/15/94), Connecticut College historian Burlin-game opens the psychiatrist's couch to Lincoln. The author claims no attempt to rewrite the story of Lincoln's life; rather, he traces the origin of Lincoln's furious temper, cruel streak, aversion to women, hatred of slavery, and stormy relationship with his temperamental wife. Lincoln has been the subject of other psychobiographies (e.g., Charles B. Strozier's Lincoln's Quest for Union, LJ 4/15/82), and Burlingame does much to synthesize these other works. At the same time, he challenges the work of Lincoln's traditional biographer, James G. Randall. Utilizing the papers of Lincoln's law partner, William H. Herndon, and contemporary newspaper accounts, the author gives us an aggregate picture of a troubled man. Whether you agree with Burlingame or not, his analysis is an important new look at the man who shaped the course of a nation in peril. Highly recommended for all academic and public libraries.
Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.
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"Readers will gain fresh insights into the personality of the greatest -- and saddest -- of American presidents." -- Richard N. Current, author of The Lincoln Nobody Knows
Burlingame may well be THE Lincoln biographer. His observations on that which formed Lincoln's personality are superbly supported with multiple examples from different periods in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Ciccone
A lot I did not know about AL. He is everyman's hero with a drive to do what's right despite his inner turmoil. Read morePublished 19 months ago by LV gal in AZ now
I was impressed by the research. I think for the most part the author had insightful things to say about Abraham Lincoln. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kate
I'm in complete agreement with Kenneth Cash. The perpetuation of Herndon's inaccurrate information is inexcusable. Read morePublished on April 7, 2009 by Denise Hays
Mr. Burlingame's book takes us where many scholars of Lincoln hesitate to go: into the inner-workings of strained marriage, the grief over the loss of two sons and the heavy load... Read morePublished on November 21, 2007 by Ellen E. Withers