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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Paperback – September 26, 2006
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"An elegant, incisive study....Goodwin has brilliantly described how Lincoln forged a team that preserved a nation and freed America from the curse of slavery."
—James M. McPherson, The New York Times Book Review
"Goodwin's narrative abilities...are on full display here, and she does an enthralling job of dramatizing...crucial moments in Lincoln's life....A portrait of Lincoln as a virtuosic politician and managerial genius."
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Splendid, beautifully written....Goodwin has brilliantly woven scores of contemporary accounts...into a fluid narrative....This is the most richly detailed account of the Civil War presidency to appear in many years."
—John Rhodehamel, Los Angeles Times
"Endlessly absorbing....[A] lovingly rendered and masterfully fashioned book."
—Jay Winik, The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Doris Kearns Goodwin is the author of the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. She won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II and is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband, Richard N. Goodwin.
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Abraham Lincoln was a quite great man. A leader in the toughest time for his country, able to put together different forces in the society and focus then towards the common and the highest possible goals: freedom and dignity.
As a historian, she surely rates among the top.
But here's the rub: it is too long. There is, in my opinion, too much information, much of it - deservedly or not - biased in favor of her subject. None of us now living has had the honor of meeting the great man. But surely he was not perfect! Nevertheless, I came away from this important tome almost convinced of his perfection. Ms. Kearns Goodwin tries to assure us that, yes, Mr. Lincoln was human. But somehow this reader remains skeptical. Having said this, I did like the book very much and learned a great deal from it, parficularly about the continuing struggle for freedom in which we have all been involved, to this day.
This book also includes an answer to an interview question posed to Leo Tolstoy, who called Lincoln "Christ in miniature.". I actually read this prior to purchasing the book, and it intrigued me that Mrs Goodwin included it.
Her insight into the characters surrounding Lincoln are as deep as those on the man himself. Without this the insights into Lincoln would be simple; useless.
I've read so many books about this man, but this book is far and away the deepest.