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Timothy J. Thompson

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  • Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joshua Wolf Shenk
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Drawing on a wealth of his own research and the work of other Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation's worst crisis in the "coping strategies" he developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies.

    Scott says: "Lincoln was depressed - who knew?"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    This book pulls back into account the oral history that too many historians discount. As an attorney I know that documented history can be over valued and too many times oral history may be more accurate than recorded history.
    This book also brings a psycho-analytical approach to both the oral and documented history of Lincoln.
    It is a MUST READ for any Lincoln or Civil War historian.
    It is hard to turn off.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5991)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (569)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Step back and look at life"
    Overall

    This was a great book that requires you to step back and look at life and see that maybe stats and numbers aren't all there is to life but maybe they are reflective of life. Or maybe not.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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