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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
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--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Excellent read, easy and with so much evident research that you get lost in the "who's who" and what each did. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Dale Haynes
Great book. Wonderful character descriptions. Felt like I knew everyone. Of course, hated the ending, but it is what it is. I will read other books by Doris Kearns Goodwin.Published 1 day ago by patsylou
Many fine and detailed reviews have been written about this outstanding book. I will add only a few comments. The insights Ms. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Russell V. Olson Jr.
This was an outstanding book by a wonderful historian and writer. (if you watched the HBO series "The Roosevelts" recently, you saw this author, Doris Kearns Goodwin,... Read morePublished 1 day ago by MikeS
This is one of those books that EVERYONE should read. Arguably we've never had, and may never have in the future, a greater president. Not perfect. He was mortal. Read morePublished 2 days ago by a good shopper
Fantastic! The author did an outstanding job. Historically she humanized Lincoln and his contemporaries. Consequently,I am currently reading another book she authored.Published 2 days ago by James Y. Van Dyk
Doris Goodwin is a gift to us. Here work on Lincoln extends her acclaim and is a treasure to her readers for the ages.Published 3 days ago by Duane H. Cook