Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln 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



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

  1. 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 want Abe to die.July 17th Okay, I finally made myself finish Abe s dead and I m a wreck.In this book Goodwin puts Abraham Lincoln in the context of his peers, many of whom ran against him for the first Re


  2. 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 university presses about some guy who did something long ago that doesn t really matter any Of course, as every snob eventually learns, being snobbish is like slamming a hammer down on your thumb you only


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    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 especially one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government2A a person engaged in party politics as a profession2B a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow u


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    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 presidents, and we know that he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, but he is so much greater of a man than I ever knew Lincoln was super smart, wise, and incredibly compassionate and empathetic While unsure


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    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 was my wife s favorite a former Secretary of State found after his death to have 800,000 stuffed in shoe boxes Our reputation for corrupt politicians is, I dare say, unsurpassed Fortunately, we here in the Lan


  6. 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 the President in April 1865 It is a complex, but fascinating story of the political genius of Lincoln who was able to get consensus from his most bitter rivals all while holding on to his own high moral code Partic


  7. 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 goings on of the cabinet and the country wow, wow, wow 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 sho


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    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 my attention when I was in the final semester of my college I bought this book out of whim with slight consideration what is written inside because I am one of those people who are crazy in love with Great Honest Ab


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    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.The saying Keep your friends close and your enemies closer applies throughout the book.These are just a few of my thoughts and comments on this extraordinary book Extensively researched and well written, Goodwin exper


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    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 s situation Everyone but a handful of people thought Lincoln had risen too fast and was too untried to take charge of a desperate crises facing the country Goodwin uses the main characters diaries, letters, journals, an


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