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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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Doris Kearns Goodwin writing made me feel like I knew Lincoln. Great read full of interesting leer sonar as well as factual info about LincolnPublished 2 days ago by Kmonkel
This is a great book for understanding the times and life of Abe Lincoln. I would have given it five stars except that Goodwin spent, I feel, too much time recounting the social... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jerome M. McCourt
This is, by far, the best book I have read on Lincoln! All the little peculiar niches that one finds in standard books are neatly filled in. These men did not live in a vacuum. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jon W. Schonblom
An incredible work of humanity and scholarship.
I came away with an increased appreciation for our sixteenth president. Kudos.
The problem is the lack of objectivity. I've discovered, to my consternation, that there is a prescribed view of Lincoln that an author is required to have if he/she wishes to get... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jason
We written and enjoyable. I admire Lincoln even more now and understand the world he lived in and his character better.Published 5 days ago by Steve g.
Never have enjoyed a work more. The true genius of Lincoln is revealed brilliantly by the author and I will read again and again.Published 7 days ago by Robert Davis
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been a very oral and verbal and print dominated world. Read more