Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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 legal professional rises from obscurity to succeed over 3 proficient competitors of nationwide popularity to turn into president.

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

through the turbulent 1850s, every one had energetically sought the presidency because the clash over slavery was once best inexorably to secession and civil struggle. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, used to be the results of a personality that have been cast via reports that raised him above his extra privileged and entire competitors. He gained simply because he possessed a rare skill to place himself within the position of different males, to event what they have been feeling, to appreciate their causes and desires.

It was once this capability that enabled Lincoln as president to carry his disgruntled competitors jointly, create the main strange cupboard in historical past, and marshal their abilities to the duty of protecting the Union and successful the war.

We view the lengthy, frightening fight from the vantage of the White apartment as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, adversarial congressmen, and his raucous cupboard. He overcomes those stumbling blocks by way of successful the honour of his former opponents, and in terms of Seward, reveals a faithful and an important buddy to determine him through.

This extraordinary a number of biography is situated on Lincoln's mastery of guys and the way it formed the main major presidency within the nation's heritage.

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