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Team of Rivals - by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Hardcover)

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  • Winner of the Lincoln Prize Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Abraham 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.
  • National Book Critics Circle Award (Biography) 2005 4th Winner, L.A. Times Book Prize (Biography) 2005 3rd Winner
  • About the Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin's work for President Johnson inspired her career as a presidential historian.
  • 944 Pages
  • Biography + Autobiography, Presidents & Heads of State

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An acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian ("No Ordinary Time") illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman/prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become President. black-and-white photos.



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Winner of the Lincoln Prize

Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Abraham 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.



Review Quotes




"An elegant, incisive study....Goodwin has brilliantly described how Lincoln forged a team that preserved a nation and freed America from the curse of slavery."

--James M. McPherson, "The New York Times Book Review"

"Endlessly absorbing....[A] lovingly rendered and masterfully fashioned book."

--Jay Winik, "The Wall Street Journal"

"Goodwin's narrative abilities...are on full display here, and she does an enthralling job of dramatizing...crucial moments in Lincoln's life....A portrait of Lincoln as a virtuosic politician and managerial genius."

--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"

"Splendid, beautifully written....Goodwin has brilliantly woven scores of contemporary accounts...into a fluid narrative....This is the most richly detailed account of the Civil War presidency to appear in many years."

--John Rhodehamel, "Los Angeles Times"



About the Author



Doris Kearns Goodwin's work for President Johnson inspired her career as a presidential historian. Her first book was Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She followed up with the Pulitzer Prize-winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Homefront in World War II. She earned the Lincoln Prize for Team of Rivals, in part the basis for Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln, and the Carnegie Medal for The Bully Pulpit, about the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. Her bestselling Leadership: In Turbulent Times was the inspiration for the History Channel docuseries on Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt, which she executive produced. Her most recent book, An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s, provides a front-row seat to the pivotal people--JFK, LBJ, RFK and MLK--and events of this momentous decade.
Dimensions (Overall): 9.48 Inches (H) x 6.76 Inches (W) x 1.96 Inches (D)
Weight: 3.04 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 944
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Presidents & Heads of State
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover
Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
Language: English
Street Date: October 25, 2005
TCIN: 11819057
UPC: 9780684824901
Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-4954
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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