These varied characters help give colour to the narrative of the book, and add another dimension to an already engaging tale. Clearly argued and well constructed, this work is a welcome addition to the existing scholarship on Lincoln, showing that even the most well documented event can still have new light shed upon it.
The views expressed are those of the contributors, and not necessarily those of the Centre or the University. I found the parts of the book that speak specifically of the time spent at the Soldier's Home, and how those times influenced both his personal and family life, well worth reading. But too many of the paths this book led me down w I have read many books on Lincoln, considering him one of the most fascinating of all humans. But too many of the paths this book led me down were old and familiar.
Nov 11, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: lincoln-books.
This is one of those gems of a book that offers the kind of intimate look at Lincoln that almost makes you feel like he is sitting in the room there with you. View all 4 comments. Very Interesting book! Apr 25, Garry rated it really liked it Shelves: biography , history , non-fiction , u-s-civil-war , civil-war-books-read. Jun 30, Cornmaven rated it it was amazing Shelves: adult , non-fiction.
The importance of place and surroundings is Pinsker's overarching theme as he traces the months that Lincoln and his family lived at a cottage on the Soldiers' Home grounds from , totaling a significant portion of his time in office.
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As a "commuter" during those months, Lincoln could form ideas and formulate plans unlike someone who just moves from one room to another in a big house. He was face to face with the effects of war, with the military cemetery right outside his door. He also p The importance of place and surroundings is Pinsker's overarching theme as he traces the months that Lincoln and his family lived at a cottage on the Soldiers' Home grounds from , totaling a significant portion of his time in office.
We all know Lincoln is a remarkable, unique figure in our history, one of the greats. Pinsker gives us yet another side of him, taken from documents not normally examined. Robert was, in my opinion, a sad and troubled person, and it pained me to read just how distant he was from his father, which kind of echoed Lincoln's own relationship with his father.
Very interesting family dynamics here. Pinsker also recounts a lot about the war's progress, the political rivalries, negotiations, and gamesmanship.
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Which of course is always fascinating. I purchased this book after a tour of the Lincoln Cottage in Washington, D. The site is out of the way of normal tourist destinations in the city, but well worth the effort to get there.
This was a very interesting read. Professor Pinsker uses a detective's skill to unearth many nuggets of information about Lincoln's life at his "vacation White House," the cottage at the Soldier's Home. He is able to pull information from books, letters, memoirs from many different people, from private soldiers to Vice President Hannibal Hamlin to portray what Lincoln and his family thought and did there for three summers. If there is a flaw in the book, it is the fact that the author is one of th This was a very interesting read.
If there is a flaw in the book, it is the fact that the author is one of the "new" historians who attempted to rehabilitate Mary Lincoln.
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This was made necessary, at least in part, because she wrote about life at the Soldier's Home and evidently Lincoln did not. However, such attempts are doomed to failure. She was actually far from the partner and helper that Steven Spielberg and Sally Field attempted to portray. Mary Todd Lincoln was a neurotic, psychotic, bi-polar, hysterical, selfish, jealous, spendthrift and scold.
She was a hypochondriac and, after the death of her son Willie, a believer in the occult, including spiritualism and hypnosis. She was a constant millstone around Lincoln's neck, who made his life hell. Mar 26, Christina rated it really liked it. There are so many Lincoln biographies it is hard to keep track of them all Pinsker offered a more intimate and unique look into Lincoln's life and his family's compared to previous biographies I have read.
He used the historical monument of Lincoln's Cottage and Soldiers' Home to reveal a different side of Lincoln and his family during the summers of than previously seen in biographies. I was assigned this book as a reading prior to our grad class' visit to There are so many Lincoln biographies it is hard to keep track of them all I was assigned this book as a reading prior to our grad class' visit to Soldiers' Home this week. It was a perfect way to set the tone and take a different approach to the Civil War and understanding of the president.
I am looking forward to visiting this little known landmark that, according to Pinsker, had an impact on Lincoln and some of his actions during his presidency. I am most looking forward to seeing how they interpret the home and its role in history today Sep 18, Chesapeake Bae rated it liked it Shelves: us-history , politics , non-fiction.
Fascinating addendum to the prolific narratives on Lincoln's presidency. The author successfully highlights the importance of daily life - the route of one's daily commute, a day of the week, location of a meeting, and closeness or distance of family members. Each of these aspects of daily life had an impact on Lincoln, helping shape a state of mind that promoted growth as leader of our young nation perhaps even helping him develop his policy of emancipation.
Lincoln's sanctuary : Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers' Home
He wasn't the last to bring work h Fascinating addendum to the prolific narratives on Lincoln's presidency. He wasn't the last to bring work home from the office, but Lincoln's home life most certainly affected the way which he navigated the challenges faced by the war-time president. The only thing better than this narrative is the opportunity to see the home - Lincoln's "Camp David" - in person just a few miles north of the White House and only recently restored.
Feb 10, Zach rated it it was amazing Shelves: history. Fantastic book on the history of Abraham Lincoln visiting the Soldiers' Home. You can visit his house today in fact: www. Nov 25, Bill Powers rated it it was amazing. Shortly after reading Lincoln's Sanctuary, I had an opportunity to visit and spend a day at the Soldier's Home. In Lincoln's Sanctuary, historian Matthew Pinsker offers a fascinating portrait of Lincoln's stay in this cottage and tells the story of the president's remarkable growth as a national leader and a private man.
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Oct 30, Gail rated it liked it. Lincoln and his family spent summers at a house on the grounds of a wounded soldier's retirement home. It was a lovely wooded location, but an easy 30 minute commute to the White House. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Walt Whitman in Washington, D. President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home. Retrieved 28 July Memorials to Abraham Lincoln.
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