The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln
For four years in the 1830s, in Springfield, Illinois, a young state legislator shared a bed with his best friend, Joshua Speed. The legislator was Abraham Lincoln. When Speed moved home to Kentucky in 1841 and Lincoln's engagement to Mary Todd was broken off, Lincoln suffered an emotional crisis. An underground campaign has been accumulating about Abahram Lincoln for years, focusing on his intimate relationships. He was famously awkward around single women. Before Mary Todd, he was engaged to another woman, but his fiancée called off the marriage on the grounds that he was "lacking smaller attentions." His marriage to Mary was troubled. Meanwhile, throughout his adult life, he enjoyed close relationships with a number of men — disclosed here for the first time, including an affair with an army captain when Mrs. Lincoln was away. This extensive study by renowned psychologist, therapist, and sex researcher C.A. Tripp, examines not only Lincoln's sexuality, but aims to make sense of the whole man. It includes an introduction by Jean Baker, biographer of Mary Todd Lincoln and an afterword containing reactions by two Lincoln scholars and one clinical psychologist. This timely book finally allows the true Lincoln to be fully understood.
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THE INTIMATE WORLD OF ABRAHAM LINCOLNUser Review - Kirkus
Don't tell Ralph Reed or Jerry Falwell, but the Log Cabin Republicans are on to something big.The secret, according to the late Kinsey Institute sex researcher Tripp, was that Abraham Lincoln was gay ... Read full review
The intimate world of Abraham LincolnUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
The late psychologist and sex researcher Tripp (The Homosexual Matrix ) devoted over 20 years to studying Lincoln's private life. In this, his last work, he draws on his skills and the assumptions and ... Read full review