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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 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.
It made good political sense for Lincoln to reach out to this disparate group of people--but it also brought some of the most capable leaders into his Cabinet.
It's a long book but I enjoyed every page. What a special person he was. Our country is so grateful for him. This book tells you why!Published 1 day ago by Bret
This book is a biography of Abraham Lincoln.
The book won the Lincoln Prize.
The author has won the Pulitzer Prize for another book. Read more
Well written account of lincoln's rise to win the newly formed Republican Party's nomination and then the election. Read morePublished 4 days ago by nick
This was a great read! And near the end we travelled to D.C. so it was amazing to imagine what was happening at the time, to see Ford's theatre, and the layouts in the Capitol... Read morePublished 5 days ago by tammy benner
An outstanding read! Provides an outstanding view into Lincoln the man and the leader.Published 8 days ago by Erin Bradley
Awesome. If you love history, politics, Abraham Lincoln or just want a picture of life back in the mid 19th century, this book is for you. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Reilly Rastello