Although he was Abraham and Mary Lincoln’s eldest and last surviving son, the details of Robert T. Lincoln’s life are largely unknown. Jason Emerson has written the definitive biography of the lawyer, businessman, and statesman who made his own indelible mark on one of the most dynamic eras in U.S. history.
As a president’s son, an aide-de-camp to Ulysses S. Grant who witnessed Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, an ambassador to Great Britain, and a U.S. secretary of war, Lincoln was a titan of his age. Emerson charts Lincoln’s achievements and offers a wealth of details about his life: his complex relationship with his parents; his role as his father’s confidant during the Civil War and his reaction to the president’s murder; his prosecution of the thieves who attempted to steal his father’s body in 1876; his painful decision to have his mother committed to a mental facility; and his stewardship of the Lincoln legacy. Emerson also reveals the reason he is not buried in the Lincoln tomb in Springfield, but instead was interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
Meticulously researched and full of never-before-seen photographs, Giant in the Shadows is the missing chapter of the Lincoln family story.
Hardcover Book : 640 pages
Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ. Press ( April 01, 2012 )
Item #: 13-589752
Product Dimensions: 6.125 x 9.25 x 1.6inches
Product Weight: 30.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I found this book to be a very detailed reading on a lesser known subject (for me). The narrative reads briskly and rarely bogs down in the details. I felt very knowledgeable about Mr.Lincoln after finishing the book and wholeheartedly recommend this book.
Reviewer: Darrell C
Overall, a good book, but the writing is uneven. However, very readable and about a interesting man who lived to see, and be a part of, great events in history.
My generation has done without a proper volume on RT Lincoln untill now.His life and demeanor towards his father and his fathers legacy are now in focus.Many unanswered questions have been laid to rest.This is a great companion volume to your Lincoln collection.
Reviewer: Greg S
Reviewer: Melissa M
I really enjoyed the book. I have read alot of books on Lincoln, but wanted to know more about the son Robert. The writer was very informative about Robert Lincoln's life. I believe Robert Lincoln was very much his own man. He lived his life to the fullest. He wanted to live his life in private, but gave in because he felt it was his duty. I recommand this book highly. If you enjoy reading about the Lincolns this is the book. Love it.
Reviewer: Linda M