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Lincoln Dreamt He Died: The Midnight Visions of Remarkable Americans from Colonial Times to Freud

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Before Sigmund Freud made dreams the cornerstone of understanding an individual's inner life, Americans shared their dreams unabashedly with one another through letters, diaries, and casual conversation. In this innovative book, highly regarded historian Andrew Burstein goes back for the first time to discover what we can learn about the lives and emotions of Americans, fr ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 21st 2013)
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Daffney
Sigmund Freud believed that dreams were forms of wish fulfillment, attempts made by the unconscious or dreaming mind to resolve some type of conflict, conflict either recent or something long ago buried in the dusty cobwebbed recesses of the dreamers mind. These dreams according to Freud often contain information or images that seem warped, distorted, frightening, or just plain odd. It is then left to the dreamer or analyst to interpret their meaning and make sense of or provide understanding as ...more
Margaret Sankey
Ever since reading Ekirch's book about pre-modern night, I've been interested in second sleep patterns, part of which is much more lucid dreaming and memory of dreams. Burstein takes this idea and tracks down the remembered dreams of 19th century Americans, who, whether ascribing these incidents to God or their own minds, used dreams to make sense of death, long courtships and geographic separations. From reading the endnotes of this book, in which published sources vastly outnumber archival col ...more
 wade
An informative historical study about who some famous people and some not and how they felt about their dreams in America's past. Some of the major historical personages include Dr. Benjamin Rush, Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott. I think a major theme here is that people paid much more attention to and credence to the importance of dreams in times past than we do now. Dreams gave them tips about how to live their lives and portended the future. A great deal of researc ...more
Craig
I got the book as a free first reads copy and was pretty happy overall.
The book would be best for history fans looking for some light reading.
L.D.H.D. was a series of vignettes tied together by tepid psychological musings on the people, time and place of each story. Good book. Perfect to pick up and breeze through a few pages or plow through many.
There are some quotes and observations that did make me ponder the mind for a little bit.
Sandie
Sort of interesting. A view of history from 1700's through 1800's as seen through how dreams were viewed. An historical study from an unusual vantage point.
Benjamin Rush, MD (Signer from MA) and John Adams wrote many letters back and forth, telling each other their dreams! They had a one-upmanship going!
Had it's interesting points.
Robert
This was a free book giveaway.

The book was okay. Some parts were interesting, while others were skimmed.

I can't recommend it unless you are really into dreams.
Yosef Shapiro
The idea is a good one. But, I did not like all of the analysis of the dreams. To me, it reads too uch like a text book.
Linda
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Andrew Burstein is the Charles P. Manship Professor of History at Louisiana State University, and the author of The Passions of Andrew Jackson, Jefferson’s Secrets, and Madison and Jefferson, among others. Burstein’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and Salon.com, and he advised Ken Burns’s production "Thomas Jefferson." He has been featured on C-SPAN's ...more
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