This is a really fascinating review of the lives of two radically different personalities.I do not understand how they ever managed to live in the chaos of their lives and still show love and affection for each other. If you knew just a little of the lives of Abraham and Mary Todd, this is a real revelation with every chapter.
This book was written in a easy to follow format. The information provided was accurate and to the point. The book had some interesting facts about the political struggles of Abe that I was not aware of, very interesting.
I certainly don't rise to the same level of academic excellence as Doris Kearns Goodwin, to whom the author gratuitously refers in his introduction, but I have been studying the life of Abraham Lincoln long enough to spot a book thrown together with little or no research. I could not read past th first few chapters because this book is so seriously flawed. My suggestion to the author is that he either do the proper research to correct what may seem to him inconsequential facts (most especially the events that occurred while Lincoln lived in Springfield, NOT New Salem) or this book be pulled from the catalog. With the making of Spielberg's "Lincoln," everybody is rushing to make a fast buck by wrapping some words around photos already in the public domain and calling it a history. But referring to this book as showing a side of the Lincolns previously unknown is a farce. The "facts" presented were previously unknown because they were the product of the author's "imagination" in his hurried attempt to get this book published. Historical fiction, maybe, but fact? Absolutely not.