Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Soon to be a major motion picture, Lincoln, from Steven Spielberg, with a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning writer Tony Kushner, and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the President and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.In this mega bestseller, the acclaimed historian Doris Kearns... show more
Soon to be a major motion picture, Lincoln, from Steven Spielberg, with a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning writer Tony Kushner, and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the President and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.In this mega bestseller, the acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln’s political genius in a 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. Lincoln succeeded 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 opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war. 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.
Publish date: September 26th 2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 944
Edition language: English
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, American History
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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.