- Hardcover: 640 pages
- Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1 edition (March 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809330555
- ISBN-13: 978-0809330553
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 86 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln 1st Edition
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“Mr. Emerson’s impressive research and eye for detail yield dozens of ... interesting though little-known historical tidbits. His writing is enjoyable and accessible...” —Wall Street Journal
“A fine addition to shelves of historians and Lincoln aficionados.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Well written and well researched, this book should. . .become the go-to book on the life of this interesting son of a former president. Highly recommended." —Choice
“I found this book gripping, ingeniously argued, and exhaustively investigated. I could not put it down. . . . .And I suspect that every reader with an interest in Lincoln will feel exactly the same way. For me, and for them, this book will become an essential item in the history of the era in a way that Robert himself, try as Emerson does, can never be. Emerson reminds us at the outset that Robert Lincoln never wanted to be the subject of a biography. Well, like it or not, he has one now—and a fine one, too.” —Civil War Monitor
“‘Robert’s life is a fantastic journey through a rich period of American history,’ writes Jason Emerson. And it is to his great credit as a biographer and historian that he so successfully brings Robert T. Lincoln out of history’s shadows and the times in which he lived back to vivid life.” —The American Spectator
“Emerson’s biography of Robert Todd Lincoln is set within the context of Gilded Age culture, which was vastly different from that during the Civil War. His extensive and fresh research, as well as his inclusion of many never-before-seen photographs, should make this account one of choice for both scholars and Lincoln enthusiasts.”—America’s Civil War
“Jason Emerson, the premier young Lincoln scholar today, has written the definitive biography of one of America’s neglected and misunderstood leaders in both 19th- and 20th-century industry, law and politics. Beautifully written and illustrated, this is one of the best Lincoln books to appear in many years.”—Wayne C. Temple, author of Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic to Prophet
“Here at last is the biography Lincoln aficionados have been waiting for. Historian Jason Emerson sweeps away a century of myths and misinformation about Robert T. Lincoln, including the musty old canard that he had no respect for his famous father and no sympathy for his emotionally fragile mother. This is an intimate, in-depth portrait that will be praised, quoted, and consulted for years to come.”—Thomas J. Craughwell, author of Stealing Lincoln’s Body
“This path-breaking biography tells the story of Lincoln’s only surviving son: a man utterly unlike his father in talent and temperament, yet who nonetheless found his own way to national prominence. Contemporaries of this reticent yet extraordinarily successful figure often referred to him as ‘Lincoln’s Silent Son.’ Now, thanks to Emerson’s thorough scholarship, Robert T. Lincoln is silent no more.”—Nora Titone, author of My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy
About the Author
Jason Emerson is a journalist and an independent historian who has been researching and writing about the Lincoln family for nearly 20 years. He is a former National Park Service park ranger at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, in Springfield, Illinois. His previous books include The Madness of Mary Lincoln (SIU Press, 2007named Book of the Year by the Illinois State Historical Society), Lincoln the Inventor (SIU Press, 2009), and The Dark Days of Abraham Lincolns Widow, as Revealed by Her Own Letters (SIU Press, 2011). He lives near Syracuse, New York.
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He was born in a boarding house in the 1840s and died in a mansion in the 1920s. Robert Todd Lincoln saw much of and made some of America's history in the late Nineteen Century.
Jason Emerson gives us a scholarly and readable biography of a remarkable person. The book concentrates on Lincoln's public life in business and politics.
The author tells us about his private life but never descends into gossip or speculation. The only real exception is Lincoln's relationship with his mother.
For very good reasons, Robert T. Lincoln committed Mary Todd Lincoln to a sanitarium (asylum).
The press had a field day at his expense creating a very public embarrassment that still colors the public's views. The part of the book is very detailed.
The events leading up to the hearing, the hearing, the press' reaction, the solution and Mary's feelings to Robert are treated fairly.
Protecting his father's memory and managing the public record consumed large amount of Lincoln's time.
He was very protective of his father's papers, working to control what is said and who said it was not an easy task.
Part of this work was managing Lincoln's body. From the burial site, the structure of tomb and protecting the body from kidnappers is a constant effort.
While doing this, Lincoln managed to become a well-respected Chicago lawyer, Secretary of War, Minister to England and chairman of the Pullman Car Company.
An active Republican, he is mentioned as a possible candidate for President at multiple conventions.
Through all of this, he refused to use his father's fame to advance himself.
This is a look at our history that few can hope to duplicate. Robert T. Lincoln is in the room at Appomattox.
He sees his father die, on the platform when Garfield is shot and sees McKinley hours after he is shot.
In an odd twist of fate, you can see JFK's grave from Lincoln's grave.
The book captures the complex character of Robert T. Lincoln. In his professional life, he is intensely formal and somewhat unforgiving.
In his political persona, he gives a good speech but lacks his father's warmth. As "Bob", he is a warm caring close friend that tells excellent stories.
The book contains a full set of illustrations, Bibliography, endnotes and index.
It is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in Lincoln or America from the Civil War to the Roaring Twenties.