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Mrs. Lincoln by Catherine Clinton
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May 27, 09

Read in May, 2009

I did learn a great deal from this book, but overall the writing is less then compelling. The author constantly explains and excuses Mary Lincoln's every action, so much so that the tone comes off as preemptively defensive. After a while I got the impression the author was so biased in her favor that I was getting a skewed perspective on Mary Lincoln. I understand the author did this to combat all the other, more negative biographies out there, but having never read any of those I felt like I was caught in the middle of an argument between two authors - only without hearing the opposing side's case.

Still, this book details a fascinating history, and certainly gave me a much greater appreciation for both of the Lincolns and what they faced during the Civil War. I would recommend it to fellow history buffs looking for more and varied angles on Lincoln himself, since Mary was such a major part of his life.
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