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Lincoln's Melancholy

How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

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An edition of Lincoln's Melancholy (2005)

Lincoln's Melancholy

How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

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Houghton Mifflin
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English
Pages
368

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Drawing on seven years of his own research and the work of other esteemed Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression
to fuel his astonishing success.
Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation’s worst crisis in the �coping strategies” he had developed over a lifetime of persevering
through depressive episodes and personal tragedies.

With empathy and authority gained from his own experience with depression, Shenk crafts a nuanced, revelatory account of Lincoln and his legacy. Based
on careful, intrepid research, Lincoln’s Melancholy unveils a wholly new perspective on how our greatest president brought America through its greatest
turmoil.

Shenk relates Lincoln’s symptoms, including mood swings and at least two major breakdowns, and offers compelling evidence of the evolution of his disease,
from �major depression” in his twenties and thirties to �chronic depression” later on. Shenk reveals the treatments Lincoln endured and his efforts to
come to terms with his melancholy, including a poem he published on suicide and his unpublished writings on the value of personal—and national—suffering.
By consciously shifting his goal away from personal contentment (which he realized he could not attain) and toward universal justice, Lincoln gained the
strength and insight that he, and America, required to transcend profound darkness.

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Cover of: Lincoln's Melancholy
Cover of: Lincoln's Melancholy
Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
2006, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers
in English
Cover of: Lincoln's Melancholy
Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
2006, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers
in English
Cover of: Lincoln's Melancholy
Cover of: Lincoln's melancholy
Cover of: Lincoln's Melancholy
Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
Sep 22, 2005, HighBridge Audio
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Cover of: Lincoln's Melancholy
Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
September 27, 2005, Houghton Mifflin
in English

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"IN THREE KEY CRITERIA  the factors that produce depression, the symptoms of what psychiatrists call major depression, and the typical age of onset  the case of Abraham Lincoln is perfect."

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OL7605738M
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0618551166
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