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Readings and Ramblings

This is Readings and Ramblings. It is readings because this is a site for blogging about books and I intend to do that. It is ramblings because I might want to write about something else now and then.

Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness - Joshua Wolf Shenk According to this author Abraham Lincoln was a cronic depressive to the point of virtual psychosis and to the point of being suicidal. He seems to think that if Lincoln was living in present times he would have likely to have been institutionalized for at least some amount of time and he could never have been elected president. This is not, however, a critical biography. The author does appear to consider Lincoln to have been a great man and a great president. In fact, he seems to think that Lincoln could not have reached his greatness without his bouts with severe depression.