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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincolnby Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates 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.
Winner of the Lincoln Prizeandlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;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.
An analysis of Abraham Lincoln's political talents identifies the character strengths and abilities that enabled his successful election above three accomplished candidates, in an account that also describes how he used the same abilities to rally former opponents in forming his cabinet and winning the Civil War. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of No Ordinary Time. 350,000 first printing.
About the Author
Doris Kearns Goodwin is the author of the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. She won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II and is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband, Richard N. Goodwin.
Table of Contents
Four men waiting — The "longing to rise" — The lure of politics — "Plunder & conquest" — The turbulent fifties — The gathering storm — Countdown to the nomination — Showdown in Chicago — "A man knows his own name" — "An intensified crossword puzzle" — "I am now public property" — Master among men — "Mystic chords of memory": Spring 1861 — "The ball has opened": Summer 1861 — "I do not intend to be sacrificed": Fall 1861 — My boy is gone": Winter 1862 — "He was simply out-generaled":Spring 1862 — "We are in the depths": Summer 1862 — "My word is out": Fall 1862 — "Fire in the rear": Winter-Spring 1863 — "The tycoon is in fine whack": Summer 1863 — "I feel trouble in the air": Summer-Fall 1863 — "Still in wild water": Fall 1863 — "There's a man in it!": Winter-Spring 1864 — "Atlanta is ours": Summer-Fall 1864 — "A sacred effort": Winter 1864-1865 — The final weeks: Spring 1865.
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