alynch, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by alynch)
Lincoln remarkably chose all his strongest rivals as his cabinet, and Goodwin gives us each rival's story. A good idea well executed; the rivals are interesting in themselves, and they add to your understanding of Lincoln's accomplishments. Goodwin's pat analyses and chapter closing deep thoughts are often useless, but they take up few lines out of a 700-page book that I read in a weekend.
Chuck H, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Chuck H)
This was the best book I've read of the Lincoln presidency. It showed the personal and political struggles that Lincoln faced during his presidency, It showed how his cabinet members felt they were better qualified to be president than he, and how some of them, not infrequently worked to undermine his credibility and his programs.
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Simon & Schuster -
by The New York Times Book Review,
"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."
by The New York Times,
"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."
by Los Angeles 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."
by The Wall Street Journal,
"Endlessly absorbing....[A] lovingly rendered and masterfully fashioned book."
This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincolns mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nations history.
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