Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Kobo ebook | October 25, 2005

byDoris Kearns Goodwin

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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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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...

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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...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 25, 2005Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! A great book about President Lincoln and how he guided the Union with the aid of his cabinet through the dark days of the US Civil War. Enjoyable and educational. Do not be intimidated by the book's weight, it will inspire you. Lincoln is indeed for the Ages.
Date published: 2014-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is as if you are walking with Lincoln during the days of his presidency. Excellent read.
Date published: 2013-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful An incredible book with a view into the world surrounding incredible men of the epoch.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Team of Rivals Excellent book with great insight into Lincoln and how he led the nation through a terrible war.
Date published: 2013-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Team of Rivals Good read. Fascinating history, culture and man.
Date published: 2013-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lincoln: The Magnanimous Chief Pretty good book, a little bit dense and slow in parts.
Date published: 2012-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Great One This book was written the same way Lincoln is believed to have spoken. With great care, at a good pace, spoken so that everyone can enjoy it, and with importance being placed on every single word.
Date published: 2009-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! Succinctly - a fantastic book!
Date published: 2009-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great book There's no point in trying to be clever about it, this is simply a great book about one of the most important times in U.S. history. There has been so much written about Lincoln over the past 200 years that its hard to believe that there is anything new to say about him. Goodwin takes an interesting approach by examining Lincoln in contrast to the other men who competed for the Republican nomination in 1860 (the "team of rivals" of the title). Lincoln is portrayed by Goodwin as the ultimate pragmatist, which goes a long way to explaining why President Obama is a great admirer of this book. As well, Goodwin plums the depths of the U.S. civil war, the defining event of the country's history, to show how it affected everyone living in the U.S. at the time and all generations to come. This is a long, detailed book, but I finished it wanting to know more about its subject. I can't recommend it more highly.
Date published: 2009-05-06