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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln By Goodwin, Doris Kearns

Updated: Oct 25, 2020


About the Book

This book is brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.Three of his Cabinet members had previously run against Lincoln in the 1860 election. Lincoln 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. This book focuses on Lincoln's mostly successful attempts to reconcile conflicting personalities and political factions on the path to abolition and victory in the American Civil 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.


What I Love About It

  1. This book is wonderfully written, accessible even to the most casual reader, full of humor and choler and kindness and vitriol, and wisdom.

  2. This book gave vivid description of every character


Quotes to Remember

  1. “With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.”

  2. “I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.”

How I Can Apply Its Content to my Life

Lincoln 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; therefore we have to take up this trait from Lincoln in order to succeed.


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