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for Robert Lincoln. Previously suppressed letters concerning the mental illness of the strangest first lady America has seen debunk the too-long-standing feminist attack on Robert Lincoln as a heartless chauvinist pig of a son who shunted his misunderstood mother off to Bedlam to be rid of her so he could seize her property and further his own political career. The discovered letters clearly show that Mary Lincoln was, in fact, not misunderstand, but deeply in the throes of a serious mental illness; they also show very clearly that Robert suffered mightily concerning the difficult decision that had to be made for his mother's own safety and well-being and that when she raged against him in delusional thoughts that told her that he wanted her money, he ENCOURAGED her to write him out of her will to prove that this was not his motive. The letters also reveal how predatory "friends" of Mary Lincoln as well as a sensationalist yellow journalist they enlisted wrongly besmirched Robert's character and just out and out lied concerning the luxury private facility that Robert secured for his mother's institutionalization. A VERY important addition to the Lincoln canon--and long overdue.
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I wish audible had this author's book on Robert T Lincoln, Giant in the Shadows. I really want to read that. Hope it comes out Audible soon.