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The last Lincolns : the rise and fall of a great American family

Author: Charles Lachman
Publisher: New York : Sterling Pub. Co., ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Most books about Abraham Lincoln end with his assassination--but that event takes place near the beginning of this singular title. This American tragedy tells the story of the acrimony that consumed the Lincolns after the president's murder. In 1875, Robert, the handsome but resentful eldest Lincoln child, engineered Mary Todd Lincoln's forcible commitment to an insane asylum. In each succeeding generation, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Lincoln family.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Lachman
ISBN: 9781402758904 1402758901
OCLC Number: 213301457
Description: xi, 483 p., [16] p. of plates ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. First generation --
The prince of rails --
Them little devils --
Lady in black --
Chicago --
The senator's daughter --
Scandal --
Breach and betrayal --
Exile --
Woman of sorrow --
The wanderer --
The trial --
Insane asylum --
"Monster of mankind" --
Secretary of War --
Deathwatch --
The man who could be president --
pt. 2. Second generation --
Abraham Lincoln II --
Tycoon --
The newlyweds --
Presidential curse --
Family secrets --
pt. 3. Third generation --
The Lincoln Isham Waltz --
"I, Robert Todd Lincoln ..." --
Father unknown --
The Cooper connection --
Epilogue: The last Lincoln.
Responsibility: Charles Lachman.
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Going beyond April 14, 1865, the day Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre, this book tells the story of the acrimony that consumed the Lincolns in the months and years that followed the  Read more...

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<p>"[T]he history of his family after Lincoln's assassination provides both historical and dramatic interest. ...Lincoln enthusiasts will ... find much to enjoy here."--"Booklist" Read more...

 
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