Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Winner of the Lincoln Prize

Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius during this hugely unique paintings, because the one-term congressman and prairie attorney rises from obscurity to succeed over 3 proficient opponents of nationwide attractiveness to turn into president.

On could 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited of their hometowns for the implications from the Republican nationwide conference in Chicago. whilst Lincoln emerged because the victor, his competitors have been dismayed and angry.

in the course of the turbulent 1850s, every one had energetically sought the presidency because the clash over slavery was once top inexorably to secession and civil warfare. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was once the results of a personality that were solid via stories that raised him above his extra privileged and entire competitors. He gained simply because he possessed a unprecedented skill to place himself within the position of alternative males, to event what they have been feeling, to appreciate their factors and desires.

It used to be this skill that enabled Lincoln as president to carry his disgruntled competitors jointly, create the main strange cupboard in historical past, and marshal their skills to the duty of maintaining the Union and successful the war.

We view the lengthy, frightening fight from the vantage of the White residence as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, adverse congressmen, and his raucous cupboard. He overcomes those stumbling blocks by means of profitable the honour of his former rivals, and in terms of Seward, unearths a faithful and the most important buddy to work out him through.

This really good a number of biography is situated on Lincoln's mastery of fellows and the way it formed the main major presidency within the nation's historical past.

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