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    Winner of the Lincoln Prize

    Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.

    Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.

    It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through.

    This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.


    ISBN 9780743270755
    Format Paperback
    Pages 916
    Publisher Date 2006-09-26 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Simon & Schuster
    Copyright Year 2006
    Height 9.25 in
    Wdth 6.25 in
    Thickness 2.0 in
    Unit weight 2.75 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Goodwin, Doris Kearns
    Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
    Country of Origin United States

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      When I ordered a copy of Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin I did not expect to receive the book in less than 5 days. I received it in 3! Great work w/the shipping, guys!

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      My husband is the history buff. I ordered it for him only to find that he had read it last year when our daughter sent it to him for the holidays. In the mail from Arkansas came the holiday package for this year....and you guessed it, he got another copy of this book! So now a friend is enjoying it and a copy will be donated to the public library!!

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      This is one of the best book I've read on Lincoln Would also reccommend Doris Kearns Goodwin's book No Ordinary Time. It's about FDR and the last five years of his life and his relationship with Eleanor. It too is excellent.

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    • Team of Rivals
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      Fascinating book about Abraham Lincoln and his political rivals in the presidential campaign. The book details how Lincoln utilized the expertise of his rivals by appointing them to Cabinet positions. It describes Lincoln's private and public life and his political insight and shrewdness. A must read for Civil War fans. For those who are not interested in Civil War history, this book will make you a fan!

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