Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Simon & Schuster | October 25, 2005 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

4.625 out of 5 rating. 8 Reviews
Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates 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.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 25, 2005

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416549838

ISBN - 13: 9781416549833

Found in: Biography and Memoir
I love political biography so it is not surprising that when a book in this genre comes out, written by a great historian who happens to be a great storyteller, I will jump at the chance to get my hands on it. But, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is more than just a great book; and, one doesn't have to be a political junkie to get totally into this story. Team of Rivals is first and foremost the story of President Lincoln and those with whom he worked and competed - succeeded and failed. To be sure, it is full of extraordinary moments of history, intimate views of life in the mid 1800s, and incredible interactions between six highly interesting men. But it is best as a story of leadership. And it seems to me that now, more than ever, we need to remind ourselves what great political leadership really looks like. Lincoln had tenacity, he had vision, he was a leader of men and a manager of process. He had courage and that rare combination of confidence and humility. Without doubt, he was a politician who could read the tea-leaves of public sentiment and knew how to play the game. And when it really counted – he knew how to lead. Goodwin also makes clear that Lincoln understood failure. He had lots of it. And he knew that failure is simply an interpretation of status and events at a moment in time. Anyone who cares about the world we live in – and believes each of us has a responsibility to help shape it – will be captivated by this book. Anyone who wants to lead – or wants to be in the company of good leaders – will be inspired by this book. And of course, anyone who loves great biography – well, you are in for a treat.

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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 25, 2005

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416549838

ISBN - 13: 9781416549833

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Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates 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.

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