I just couldn’t get enough of the Lincoln family, so after reading Team of Rivals and Killing Lincoln, I jumped right into this biography of Mary Todd Lincoln.
While it didn’t rise to the excellence of the aforementioned books, it did provide a good perspective on Lincoln’s widow. Biographies of Abraham Lincoln tend to give a one-dimensional view of Mrs. Lincoln, portraying her as frivolous and high strung, but Mrs. Lincoln took the time to place those instances in context, and in doing so made her actions seem understandable, or blown out of proportion by the press. In fact, she was the first First Lady to be attacked by the media.
In addition, author Catherine Clinton did a good job showing Mrs. Lincoln’s political savvy as well as her compassion.
3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2009