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Crowns of Thorns and Glory, Mary Todd Lincoln and Varina Howell Davis: The Two First Ladies of the Civil War

Van Der Heuvel, Gerry

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ISBN 10: 0525245995 / ISBN 13: 9780525245995
Published by New York: E.P. Dutton, 1988, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1988
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Hard Cover. Very Good. First Printing. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. But for bookplate on front pastedown would be fine/fine. A clean, bright & tight, collectible copy. Bookseller Inventory # 001215

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Title: Crowns of Thorns and Glory, Mary Todd ...

Publisher: New York: E.P. Dutton, 1988, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Explores the parallels and distinctions between Mary Todd Lincoln and Varina Howell Davis during the Civil War years and their impact upon history

From Publishers Weekly:

In this dual biography of two women who played significant roles in the country's historyMary Todd Lincoln, wife of the President of the United States and Varina Howell Davis, wife of the President of the Confederate States of Americathere is little outward commonality in their lives save for the fact that "for four years, and for the only time in American history, two women had simultaneously occupied, albeit in rival governments, the position of first lady." In this insightful study, Van der Heuvel, press secretary to first lady Pat Nixon, does much to rehabilitate the reputation of maligned Mary Todd Lincoln, who is pictured as pathetic and misunderstood, yet singleminded in her devotion to her husband. More attractive is the Confederate wife who, at age 34, became the first lady of the South and a major figure of the Civil War period. Well-educated, outspoken, an engaging foil for her older husband's reticence, Varina Davis left her mark on the social life of the Confederacy. The two women, who never met, bore family tragedies and the brunt of hostile publicity as the fortunes of their husbands turned.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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