Team of Rivals
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Winner of the Lincoln Prize
Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Abraham Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.
On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.
Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.
It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.
We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through.
This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.
From Publishers Weekly
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One of the most interesting books I've read! This should be required reading for every politician before they are allowed to take office. Lincoln was an amazing man who was able to set politics aside when it came to finding the best people to fill out his cabinet.
Team of Rivals
I am trying to read biographies of all the Presidents. I had read No Ordinary Time and knew I liked Goodwin. I found this very informative and highly recommend this book.
Inside Lincoln's Cabinet
One of a handful of books I have read twice.This book reveals the dynamics of his cabinet and the great stress Lincoln was under during the Civil War. Read this book.
- Category: Biographies & Memoirs
- Published: Dec 08, 2006
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Seller: SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
- Print Length: 944 Pages
- Language: English