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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (Movie Tie-In Edition)

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49 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

Can The Movie Top The Book?

Doris Kearns Goodwin has written a masterpiece. I thought David Donald’s Lincoln was probably the last word on our greatest president but she has surpassed him. Somehow she has brought a freshness to the familiar story by focusing on Lincoln’s rivals as they strove for ...
Doris Kearns Goodwin has written a masterpiece. I thought David Donald’s Lincoln was probably the last word on our greatest president but she has surpassed him. Somehow she has brought a freshness to the familiar story by focusing on Lincoln’s rivals as they strove for the Republican nomination and then served in his cabinet. We meet the jovial, generous Seward, the conniving, ambitious, socially inept Chase, the family man Bates, and the driven, tormented Stanton. Other figures like the beautiful but unfortunate Kate Chase, the various Blairs, Grant, Sherman, and Lincoln’s family are woven into the sweeping saga. Towering over them is Abraham Lincoln himself, a great character as well as a great President. Goodwin brings them all to life. I felt at times as if I was reading an epic novel instead of history. If you only read one Lincoln biography, this is the one. If Shakespeare, a favorite of Lincoln, had lived today, he would have used this book as a source.

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Great insight!

I found this book to be very insightful, and informative. I started out reading it as a civil war enthusiast, and ended with a new understanding and admiration for Abraham Lincoln. I must admit that some parts were too detailed but in hind sight the detail was needed. ...
I found this book to be very insightful, and informative. I started out reading it as a civil war enthusiast, and ended with a new understanding and admiration for Abraham Lincoln. I must admit that some parts were too detailed but in hind sight the detail was needed. All in all a very good read. Add a half star to the rating.

posted by 5928410 on October 7, 2011

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Outstanding Study of Development of American Civil War, Character of Lincoln, American Politics

    I'm a very slow reader, and this book was worth every hour and day of my time. Very long, 910 pages plus photographs, etc., it isn't a fast read because of the details used in building many characters.

    The many characters are well developed. The many strings pulling on Lincoln, even by his closest associates, make one appreciate the almost impossibility of his job. Compare him to Eisenhower and all the personalities, e.g. Patton and Montgomery, he had to successfully maneuver and placate to win WW2.

    The most interesting aspect of the book was how he with his personality did maneuver and placate them to get through the war. I found it heartwarming how kind and thoughtful a person he was, and continued to be, all the way through successfully leading the myriad of politicians and generals to a successful end of our most terrible war.

    Also a good treatment of William Seward, his Secretary of State, who almost had the nomination wrapped up, but couldn't quite get the 50%+ needed. I believe it was he who was quoted as saying that it was the hand of God who put Lincoln in that position. Seward became Lincoln's most valuable assistant and strongest supporter.

    The book works well in the Nook, also. Though I do miss having a good hard-back copy.

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