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For Presidents’ Day: Crazy First Ladies

By on 2.18.08 | 8:39AM

Over on the Spectator main page, Thomas Craughwell flips through The Madness of Mary Lincoln, the book that convinced him that Robert Todd Lincoln, "while not exactly the most lovable character in American history, was not the cold-hearted bastard I took him to be." Craughwell predicts that the book "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."

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