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Winner of the Lincoln PrizeAcclaimed 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 presidentOn May 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 angryThroughout the turbulent s, 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 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 desiresIt 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 warWe 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 throughThis brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln s mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation s history Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

About the Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin

DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN s interest in leadership beganthan half a century ago as a professor at Harvard Her experiences working for LBJ in the White House and later assisting him on his memoirs led to her bestselling Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream She followed up with the Pulitzer Prize winning No Ordinary Time Franklin Eleanor Roosevelt The Home Front in World War II She earned the Lincoln Prize for the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals, the basis for Steven Spielberg s Academy Award winning film Lincoln, and the Carnegie Medal for The Bully Pulpit, the New York Times bestselling chronicle of the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft She lives in Concord, Massachusetts

10 thoughts on “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

  1. Dana Stabenow Dana Stabenow says:

    I heard Goodwin talk about this book on NPR, and she sounded like she d been an eyewitness to the events Sold me the book.On June 17th I ve been a hundred pages from the end for ten days I don t wa

  2. Matt Matt says:

    As a history lover, I m a bit of a snob While everyone is rushing to purchase the newest warm milk entry from David McCullough, I make a show of purchasing turgid, poorly edited treatises put out by u

  3. Kemper Kemper says:

    Please forgive me resorting to a tired trick and leading off with a definition from the dictionary, but there is a point to it pol i ti cian 1 a person experienced in the art or science of government esp

  4. Ellis Ellis says:

    I would have given this bookstars if I could have I think I loved this book so much because Abraham Lincoln was such an absolutely amazing person We are all taught that Lincoln was one of America s great pr

  5. Steve Steve says:

    When Rod Blagojevich was impeached and hauled off to prison, that made four of the previous seven Illinois governors to have done time Countless representatives and aldermen have been locked up, too Then there

  6. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    Doris Kearns Goodwin weaves a masterful tale as she follows the lives of Lincoln and his intimate circle of friends and rivals from the early 1800s, through the Civil War until the catastrophe assassination of th

  7. megs_bookrack megs_bookrack says:

    Yesssss I did it y all This is an accomplishment This book is dense but incredible and worth it If you set one reading goal for yourself, in your life, it should be to read this book The writing, Lincoln s life, the

  8. Asif Asif says:

    According to Oxford Dictionary Team Two orpeople working together and Rival A person or thing competing with another for the same objective or for superiority in the same field of activity.So this oxymoron title caught

  9. Jay Schutt Jay Schutt says:

    A Pulitzer Prize winner worthy of the award.All of the superlative adjectives apply to this book.A monumental effort on a monumental book.A remarkable study of Lincoln and the people who surrounded him during his lifetime

  10. Sue Sue says:

    Put aside whatever you re reading now yes, even those compelling vampire romance books and pick up this book It s that good Even though Goodwin is writing about Lincoln s cabinet, her work is eerily contemporary, given Obama

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