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Team of Rivals Publisher: Simon & Schuster Paperback – January 1, 2006
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While events and persons such as Antietam, Jefferson Davis, Fort Sumter, Maryland's secession attempt and many other events receive short shrift from Ms. Goodwin, this treatment is as it should be for her book concentrates on the personality and character of Lincoln and his cabinet.
While Lincoln never committed himself during the convention to any of his rivals in terms of cabinet positions, to gain votes for his eventual nomination; he voluntarily chose most of his cabinet from men who were his greatest rivals for the Presidency. He did this with clear and present knowledge that they were the best men for the jobs and the country at the time. The incredibly impressive exposition of the character of these men and especially that of Abraham Lincoln and his political and personal acumen in holding them together is given new life in this book.
Through careful reading and perusal of literally thousands of personal letters from cabinet members and from President Lincoln, Goodwin is able to put together a wonderfully clear and unique picture of the character of these men. In addition, she is able to paint a picture of each in words, and point out how their true character differed often from the public perception that abounded.
Ms. Goodwin should be noted for her fine and excruciating work in creating this book which will remain as a must read classic for Lincoln scholars of the present and the future. All of us who track the Lincoln Presidency, 140 years after its termination are grateful for her assiduous work in creating this wonderful book.
For those wishing an expansive biography on Lincoln, try Lincoln by David Herbert Donald. For those wishing a broader view on the period and the Civil War, Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson. For those who would like a good but accurate piece of historical fiction, Lincoln by Gore Vidal or Freedom by William Safire.
This book is for those who want to see how Abe Lincoln led, managed, formulated stategy, handled very conflicting opinions, this is the book. A great read, if a bit choppy (perhaps a given with the nature of the subject matter).
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not for the casual arm-chair reader but worth the time if you're a lover of American Civil War history and particularly, he who belongs to the ages, the 16th U.S. Read morePublished 5 days ago by satisfied customer
This is a good book, a hard read due to all the politicians, cabinet members, generals, etc. during Lincoln's life. Read morePublished 5 days ago by S. Lynch
I trust Doris Kerns Goodwin to give me the accurate facts. Now I admire Lincoln more than ever. I hadn't realized what he went through on several fronts. Read morePublished 5 days ago by DPF
Excellent book; well written; thoroughly researched. What a brilliant man ALincoln was and how fortunate for the US he was President when he was.Published 6 days ago by Mark Twain
Very happy with seller. Required reading for Civil War buffs.Published 8 days ago by Edwin M. Cochran
A truely important read for an appreciation of the pre- and post- Civil War years in Amer HistoryPublished 13 days ago by JohnTBoland
Doris Kearns Goodwin is an extraordinary historian! I love her for her voice and the extraordinary insights she brings to her work. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Great Deal Seeker
This is a well written, thoroughly interesting, read! I am not a history buff but this book shines a light to the period and the man that is fascinating and thought provoking. Read morePublished 15 days ago by dillon