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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 Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, New Republic, the Economist, mostrar mais U.S. News and World Report, and other publications. His book, Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, has won awards from the Abraham Lincoln Institute, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the National Mental Health Association. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Joshua Wolf Shenk

Associated Works

Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression (2001) — Contribuidor — 488 exemplares
Dating - Philosophy for Everyone: Flirting With Big Ideas (2010) — Prefácio — 17 exemplares


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58__ Lincoln's Melancholy How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness. by Joshua Wolf Shenk (read 4 Mar 2023) This book, published in 2005, is a study of Lincoln's mental life and has some amazing information--and throws into question some biographer's statements as to Lincoln's mental behavior.
Schmerguls | 26 outras críticas | Mar 4, 2023 |
Fascinating look at how people collaborate looking at examples of famous pairs.
DebCushman | 3 outras críticas | Aug 25, 2022 |
This is such a beautiful coffee table book that I was hesitant to highlight passages, although I very much wanted to mark favorite parts that jumped out at me. I did not venture to make any highlights until the last day of reading it. This book is a delight glimpse into Lincoln’s character.

This book is not just original documents and their transcription; each document is accompanied by a commentary by a different author who selected that document for inclusion in this book. 43 Distinguished Americans contributed to this book. Sometimes I read the transcription first; sometimes I read the commentary first. Occasionally I read the image of his writing. The pictures and reproductions gave another insight into the tenor of the times.

Both of his inaugural addresses were typewritten and have additional changes that Lincoln wrote in. My curiosity caused me to look up when the typewriter was invented.

Lincoln is such a valuable study that I have added a few more books to my to-read list:
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[b:Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln|2199|Team of Rivals The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln|Doris Kearns Goodwin|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1160801826s/2199.jpg|2861004].
So much for the idea that by reading 2 books a week I could whittle down my to-read list. Sigh, but I am enjoying the increased learning I get through reading more. So, although I am not excited that my to-read list continues to grow, yet my understanding is growing too, and I like that part.
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bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
Having just read "Lincoln: Biography of a Writer" by Fred Kaplan, I found that a lot of the information contained in this book was also contained in Kaplan's book. In fact they even used most of the same historical quotes throughout the books. And I sense I felt like I was reading the same book just with a different directive approach, this one being focused on Lincoln's depression instead of his reading and writing.
It's not a bad but by any means in fact it's very good book. I just kind of wish that I would have read them separately instead of back to back.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with interest in the subjects of Abraham Lincoln, mental illness, an American history.
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SumisBooks | 26 outras críticas | Apr 25, 2020 |



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