Lincoln’s Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk audiobook

Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

By Joshua Wolf Shenk
Read by Richard M. Davidson

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge
11.75 Hours Unabridged
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This myth-shattering work of interpretive history chronicles Lincoln's life-long struggles with depression. In the days before Prozac and psychology, he harnessed his depression and found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation's worst cr

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Summary

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One of the 2005 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

This myth-shattering work of interpretive history chronicles Lincoln's life-long struggles with depression. In the days before Prozac and psychology, he harnessed his depression and found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation's worst cr

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Intellectually energetic…By treating Lincoln from this angle, Shenk does gain a dimension that not all Lincoln books achieve.” Washington Post
“It contains some extremely beautiful prose and fine political rhetoric and leaves one feeling close to Lincoln, a considerable accomplishment.” New York Magazine
“A fresh, fascinating, provocative psychohistory.” San Francisco Chronicle
“[Shenk argues] with uncommon common sense, a rare understanding of historical context, and a close reading of the primary sources.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A significant contribution to the study of Lincoln and his battle with depression that will resonate with contemporary Americans…Inspirational.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This is sensitive history, with important implications for the present.” Publishers Weekly
“Compelling…An estimable contribution to the Lincoln literature.” Booklist
Lincoln’s Melancholy is an extraordinary story, for the depth of its scholarship and the lure of its style.” Mike Wallace, cohost of 60 Minutes
“Lincoln not only coped with his depression, he harnessed it. Joshua Wolf Shenk [explains how] masterfully and memorably.” Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
“A profoundly human and psychologically important examination of the melancholy that so pervaded Lincoln’s life…Remarkable.” Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and author of An Unquiet Mind

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Author

Author Bio: Joshua Wolf Shenk

Author Bio: Joshua Wolf Shenk

Joshua Wolf Shenk is an essayist and independent scholar whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and in the national bestseller Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression. He has written for the New Yorker, Harper’s, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Mother Jones, and other publications. He has been a correspondent for the New Republic, the Economist, and U.S. News & World Report. A contributing editor to the Washington Monthly and a faculty member at New School University, Shenk serves on the advisory council of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and consulted on the History Channel’s film Lincoln. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 11.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English