Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Every new biographer of Abraham Lincoln must confront a century-old question: Why write a new book about the most exhaustively chronicled person in American history? Pulitzer Prizewinning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin provides a persuasive answer to that challenge with this impressive life... show more
Every new biographer of Abraham Lincoln must confront a century-old question: Why write a new book about the most exhaustively chronicled person in American history? Pulitzer Prizewinning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin provides a persuasive answer to that challenge with this impressive life of the Great Emancipator. With a deep understanding of how power works, this former confidante of Lyndon Johnson couples the story of Lincoln's rise to the presidency with the stories of Lincoln's "team of rivals," the remarkable men he defeated and then drafted into his cabinet. Utilizing thousands of primary documents, Goodwin masterfully reveals the growth of Lincoln's political genius within the context of his times. This meticulously researched ten-year labor of love is a joy to read.
Publish date: September 26th 2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 944
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, American History
, Military History
, Civil War
Abraham Lincoln had always seemed to me, an outsider flattening my nose against the fishbowl of American history, generally a big deal. In his story's oversimplified version, he kept his country together, freed slaves, and was all but deified upon his assassination. The man was, even if everyone els...
It has been said that more books have been written about Abraham Lincoln than any other historical figure except Jesus Christ. Given that Jesus was born 1800 years before Lincoln, that's saying a lot about who Lincoln is. The question then becomes, do we really need another Lincoln book? We need thi...
While I allow my brain to digest this incredible book before reviewing, let me just point out my recent discovery that Mary Todd Lincoln looked strikingly similar to the lady from Poltergeist.
Great. In the beginning of the book, Goodwin demonstrates, through letters between men, just how screwed up we have become about friendships. It was common for hetero men to express love and longing towards each other....one reason, I think, was because they weren't scared of being accused of being ...
Excellent, mostly clear biography of Lincoln and his world. Though a little too detailed, it was pretty thrilling throughout; even knowing the ending.