Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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Click for availability and more information Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln , by Doris Kearns Goodwin
 
Following the 2008 political campaign, Barak Obama was reputed to have read Team of Rivals and used it, somewhat, as a guide in choosing his cabinet. It is so easy for the layperson to understand why President Obama or any politician would read this great history of Lincoln's campaign for the Presidency and his subsequent years in office as a guide for being an inspirational success as a politician. Truly, Doris Kearns Goodwin has written a masterful and extremely readable study of Lincoln's presidency. The overwhelming theme of Team of Rivals is how Lincoln consistently strived to lead by building consensus within his cabinet and political advisors and how that process gave the Lincoln presidency the enduring glow of admiration it has enjoyed since Lincoln was in the White House. Goodwin's techniques as a historian and writer are superb as she uses speeches, letters, newspaper articles and other primary documents to bring this tale of Lincoln's political talents vividly to life. In the election of 1860, Lincoln was never expected to win the Republican nomination, but by using masterful political strategy he defeated his better-known rivals for the nomination. Goodwin covers his presidency in depth; with the horrors of and the consistently frustrating Civil War conflict the centerpiece of Lincoln's administration. Lincoln, along with so many other players in this history, come alive brilliantly. In particular, Mary Lincoln, so often portrayed in a negative manner, emerges as a complex woman who endured numerous personal tragedies and yet had lively and charming sparks of personality. Team of Rivals is highly and enthusiastically recommended for all, but obviously those readers of Lincoln lore, Civil War history and politics in American history will especially want to enjoy Doris Kearns Goodwin's wonderful book.
-Roy

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