“In An American Marriage: The Untold Story of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd, the eminent Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame has amassed an avalanche directed at Mary Lincoln. This provocative, compulsively readable book sets out to demonstrate that Abraham Lincoln’s sorrows—often attributed to the challenge of leading the nation through civil war—must be ascribed also to the horror of his domestic life.”
– Martha Hodes, The Wall Street Journal
"An American Marriage forcefully argues [its] thesis in a series of lively chapters designed to discredit the possibility that the Lincoln marriage was happy, functional or loving."
– New York Times Book Review
“Burlingame is determined to say everything. [He] treats Mary Todd as a person and not only the Little Woman, as too many historians have done. Few readers will put down the book without having learned something new about her, about Lincoln, and about the mystery that is a long marriage.”
– Illinois Times
"An entertaining biography that will certainly provoke debate."
Praise for Michael Burlingame’s Abraham Lincoln: A Life:
"A magisterial enterprise."
– The New York Times
"These monumental volumes deserve a wide readership."
– St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"If you aspire to ‘Ultimate Lincoln Knowledge’ this is a must-read."
– The Chicago Tribune
"The result is a picture of Lincoln from all sides, in a style that is relentless but not daunting."
– Bloomberg News
"This book supersedes all other biographies. Future Lincoln books cannot be written without it, and from no other book can a general reader learn so much about Abraham Lincoln. It is the essential title for the bicentennial."
– Publishers Weekly
"Burlingame is a towering figure in Lincoln scholarship, and students of the sixteenth president have been waiting for this book for years. For all his learning, Burlingame may know more about Lincoln and his era than anyone in the world, his take on his subject is fresh, and he doesn't gloss over Lincoln's less appealing attributes. Abraham Lincoln: A Life comes as close to being the definitive biography as anything the world has seen in decades."