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Ten years in the making, this engaging work reveals why "Lincoln's road to success was longer, more tortuous, and far less likely" than the other men, and why, when opportunity beckoned, Lincoln was "the best prepared to answer the call." This multiple biography further provides valuable background and insights into the contributions and talents of Seward, Chase, and Bates. Lincoln may have been "the indispensable ingredient of the Civil War," but these three men were invaluable to Lincoln and they played key roles in keeping the nation intact. --Shawn Carkonen
The Team of Rivals
|Team of Rivals doesn't just tell the story of Abraham Lincoln. It is a multiple biography of the entire team of personal and political competitors that he put together to lead the country through its greatest crisis. Here, Doris Kearns Goodwin profiles five of the key players in her book, four of whom contended for the 1860 Republican presidential nomination and all of whom later worked together in Lincoln's cabinet.|
|1. Edwin M. Stanton |
Stanton treated Lincoln with utter contempt at their initial acquaintance when the two men were involved in a celebrated law case in the summer of 1855. Unimaginable as it might seem after Stanton's demeaning behavior, Lincoln offered him "the most powerful civilian post within his gift"--the post of secretary of war--at their next encounter six years later. On his first day in office as Simon Cameron's replacement, the energetic, hardworking Stanton instituted "an entirely new regime" in the War Department. After nearly a year of disappointment with Cameron, Lincoln had found in Stanton the leader the War Department desperately needed. Lincoln's choice of Stanton revealed his singular ability to transcend personal vendetta, humiliation, or bitterness. As for Stanton, despite his initial contempt for the man he once described as a "long armed Ape," he not only accepted the offer but came to respect and love Lincoln more than any person outside of his immediate family. He was beside himself with grief for weeks after the president's death.
2. Salmon P. Chase
3. Abraham Lincoln
4. William H. Seward
5. Edward Bates
The Essential Doris Kearns Goodwin
Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream
More New Reading on the Civil War
Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk
Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War by Charles Bracelen Flood
The March: A Novel by E.L. Doctorow
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
This is a very interesting and well written book.
If you have time to read only one book in all of 2009, make that book Doris Kearns Goodwin's masterly biography of Abraham Lincoln and his Cabinet, TEAM OF RIVALS.
Lincoln,revealing him to be politically savvy, compassionate and understanding of human dynamics, and a truly brilliant man, maybe our best president.
An extremely well written and documented story of Lincoln's turbulent final years in office. Filled with quotations, it reads like a novel, despite containing historical fact. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Bookworm
This is one of my favorite books, I thought that it would be dry, but I learned so much, all of my book club loved it.Published 2 days ago by Diane Shipley
This is a book that cannot be read quickly as there are many players and much information to digest. Read morePublished 2 days ago by W. Jeang
It is well written and I am learning such wonderful things about Lincoln. I think Ms. Goodwin fell in love with the man!Published 2 days ago by Kathrin Walden Fox
The author spend one third of her books on character development. This book is 1200+ pages, 400 pages are developing the characters.Published 3 days ago by Owen Daly
Doris Kearns Goodwin is the consummate writer of anything historical. Her books never disappoint and read like a superbly written novel. She can make anything fascinating! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Patricia E. Lazzeri
written by my favorite Historical writer, this book reads like a novel, and shows a great deal of research. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Pamela Jay Paralikis
I love Abraham Lincoln and this book solidified that feeling. Doris Kearns Goodwin is such an excellent write that she brings Abraham Lincoln and his " team of Rivals" to... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sunny Creations
Abe Lincoln was a deceptive guy. His "rail-splitter" country bumpkin to the contrary, he was actually one of the most politically astute presidents in American history. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Rick Cook