The Tormented President: Calvin Coolidge, Death, and Clinical Depression (Contributions in American History)
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The Tormented President: Calvin Coolidge, Death, and Clinical Depression (Contributions in American History)

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Although Calvin Coolidge is widely judged to have been a weak and even an incompetent president, this study concludes that he was a leader disabled by a crippling emotional breakdown. After an impressive early career, Coolidge assumed the presidency upon the death of Warren Harding. His promising political career suffered a major blow, however, with the death of his favori

Hardcover, 312 pages
Published April 30th 2003 by Praeger
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Don Incognito
This is only the second Calvin Coolidge biography I have read, but it was far more insightful. It concentrates on who Coolidge was as a human being rather than on his political career. In popular history, President Coolidge's personality during his presidency (1923-28) was dour and of few words; politically, he was unusually detached, passive and even disinterested in everything going on in the country and the world.
Author Robert Gilbert's thesis is an explanation for that. Calvin Jr., the you...more
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