House of Abraham

Lincoln and the Todds, a Family Divided by War
Author(s): Stephen Berry
Original Publish Date: Dec 03, 2007
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.05 hours)
Product Number: Z100091023
Released: Mar 09, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400125722
Narrator/s: Michael Prichard
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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For all the talk of the Civil War "pitting brother against brother," until now there has never been a single book that traces the story of one family ravaged by that conflict. And no family could better illustrate the personal toll the war took than Lincoln's own. Mary Todd Lincoln was one of fourteen siblings who were split between the Confederacy and the Union. Three of her brothers fought, and two died, for the South. Several Todds-including Mary herself-bedeviled Lincoln's administration with their scandalous behavior. Award-winning historian Stephen Berry tells their family saga with the narrative intricacy and emotional intensity of a novelist. The Todds' struggles haunted the president and moved him to avoid tactics or rhetoric that would dehumanize or scapegoat the Confederates. Drawing on his own familial experience, Lincoln was inspired to articulate a humanistic, even charitable view of the enemy that seems surpassingly wise in our time, let alone his. With brio and rigor, Berry fills a gap in Civil War history, showing how the war changed one family and how that family changed the course of the war. As they debate each other about the issues of the day and comfort each other in the wake of shared tragedy, the Todds become a singular microcosm and a metaphor for the country as a whole.


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House of Abraham
Product Number: BX00041093
Product Number:Z100091023
Product Number:DD19539

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Author(s): Stephen Berry
Narrator(s): Michael Prichard
Product Number DD19539
Released: Nov 22, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400105724

Professional reviews

"President Lincoln's in-laws were all Confederates--and such an embarrassment. Newspapers used the huge family's Rebel antics in anti-Lincoln rhetoric. Reports made Mary Todd's brother David infamous as the cruel warden of a Southern prison who kicked the dead bodies of the Union captives who had died from his neglect. This biography takes full advantage of Michael Prichard's narrative skills: rich vocabulary, clever turns of phrase, and the sleazy details of unsavory relatives described to perfection. Prichard's distinct voice fades into the background as he paints the unattractive and often humorous verbal portraits of the extended First Family of the Civil War. Michael Prichard's fans will hear him at his best. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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