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The Madness of Mary Lincoln
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Jason Emerson is an independent historian who lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has worked as a U.S. National Park Service historical interpreter at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, and also as a professional journalist and freelance writer. His articles have appeared in American Heritage, American History, and Civil War Times magazines, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Lincoln Herald, Lincoln Forum Bulletin and online at the History News Network (hnn.us). He currently is preparing a biography of Robert T. Lincoln, to be published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2011.

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"Jason Emerson's The Madness of Mary Lincoln will become a classic of American history. It has everything--a compelling story; a fascinating cast of characters; the thrilling discovery of long-lost documents; shrewd analysis of the people, the period, and the sources; and it's a pleasure to read. Here is a model of the historian's art."--American Spectator "Jason Emerson has written the definitive work on Mary Todd Lincoln's mental health in general and her insanity problems in particular. Written with verve and complete understanding of the subject, The Madness of Mary Lincoln is a masterpiece."--Wayne C. Temple, author of Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic to Prophet "The Madness of Mary Lincoln is precise, documented, and detailed. . . . Every word counts and every word adds up to a riveting and until-now neglected chronicle begging to be told."--Carl Sferrazza Anthony, author of First Ladies "A judicious, convincing analysis. . . . Emerson's new evidence demonstrates that Mary Todd Lincoln deserves to be pitied more than censured, but also that she behaved very badly indeed."--Michael Burlingame, author of The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln "Jason Emerson's heroic efforts to uncover new material on Robert Lincoln have paid off handsomely with this engaging interpretation of Mary Lincoln's later years."--Catherine Clinton, author of Fanny Kemble's Civil Wars "Jason Emerson is a very, very good writer and a superior historical detective. This is a most original book, taking new evidence to new heights of sophisticated analysis."--Harold Holzer, author of The Lincoln Family Album Jason Emerson's The Madness of Mary Lincoln will become a classic of American history. It has everything a compelling story; a fascinating cast of characters; the thrilling discovery of long-lost documents; shrewd analysis of the people, the period, and the sources; and it's a pleasure to read. Here is a model of the historian's art. American Spectator Jason Emerson has written the definitive work on Mary Todd Lincoln s mental health in general and her insanity problems in particular. Written with verve and complete understanding of the subject, The Madness of Mary Lincoln is a masterpiece. Wayne C. Temple, author of Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic to Prophet The Madness of Mary Lincoln is precise, documented, and detailed. . . . Every word counts and every word adds up to a riveting and until-now neglected chronicle begging to be told. Carl Sferrazza Anthony, author of First Ladies A judicious, convincing analysis. . . . Emerson's new evidence demonstrates that Mary Todd Lincoln deserves to be pitied more than censured, but also that she behaved very badly indeed. Michael Burlingame, author of The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln Jason Emerson's heroic efforts to uncover new material on Robert Lincoln have paid off handsomely with this engaging interpretation of Mary Lincoln s later years. Catherine Clinton, author of Fanny Kemble s Civil Wars Jason Emerson is a very, very good writer and a superior historical detective. This is a most original book, taking new evidence to new heights of sophisticated analysis. Harold Holzer, author of The Lincoln Family Album"

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