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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Justly Anonymous

The aspersions cast on Lincoln's character by anonymous -- especially the charge of racism -- is refuted in the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Reply at Alton, in particular. They show him to be a man very much ahead of his time, able to think beyond the conditions and rea...
The aspersions cast on Lincoln's character by anonymous -- especially the charge of racism -- is refuted in the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Reply at Alton, in particular. They show him to be a man very much ahead of his time, able to think beyond the conditions and realities of his day. True, Lincoln was no saint, for which these United States should give thanks.

Fear not, Ms. Kearns has done a fine job telling the story of Lincoln and his cabinet. Debunkers and cynics -- where would we be without them?

posted by Brownswan on February 24, 2009

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9 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

I'm gonna get crucified for this...

...but, I am appalled that professional book reviewers are so starry-eyed about this, Ms. Goodwin's fanciful novel about Lincoln. The B&N blurb hopefully asserts, 'Her brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most s...
...but, I am appalled that professional book reviewers are so starry-eyed about this, Ms. Goodwin's fanciful novel about Lincoln. The B&N blurb hopefully asserts, 'Her brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.' Personally, I think Ms. Goodwin's idea of parallel accounts is a stroke of creative writing genius, but that is where her brilliance ends. In truth, she is just another shill for a President who is misunderstood, misinterpreted, misconstrued, misread, misapprehended and just about any other 'mis-' in the thesaurus. Why must every Tom, Dick, Harry and Doris repeat, time after time, the assertions of the virtual sainthood of the 16th President, when those untruths are so easily disproved? Is original research so difficult, that Lincoln's real nature is impossible to ascertain? The ignorance of Americans about their own history is, indeed, quite, appalling. What is even worse, is many seem to not care at all whether the account of history that they embrace is even marginally grounded in truth. I'm as much a fan of the history of the U.S. Civil War period as any other history buff, but I wonder, how long will it be before someone other than Thomas DiLorenzo retells the well-documented truth about the deep and fatal flaws of this man, who waged an illegal war, not only upon the American people, but more particularly upon the very heart of the American political system, Congress? It appalls me that he is seen as a liberator, when the very heart of his being was of the racist majority opinion of his day. Lincoln no more freed the slaves than did Washington cut down a cherry tree. Even the most casual reading of Lincoln's writings and speeches will super abundantly affirm the validity of that statement. I mean no offense to Ms. Goodwin, nor to anyone who enjoys her considerable talent, but words are simply inadequate to describe how disappointed I was in reading this book. I say again, I realize I'm going to be crucified for this review, but if you are inclined to disagree with it, I plead with you to reflect for a moment on just how incorrect is the general perception of Lincoln and give yourself the opportunity to learn something other than the tripe that was dished out to you in American history class.

posted by Anonymous on December 29, 2006

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