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Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Recommended by Richard McAdams. [2010]

"I’m now reading Team of Rivals about the run up to the 1860 convention of the Republican party, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I turned to this book looking for guidance navigating complicated relationships with colleagues in the world of immigration public interest lawyers. I’ve been naïve about the world of non-profits, and never realized until these last few years how fierce the competition is among those of us practicing public interest law. Goodwin tells of the intrigue, breach of trust and betrayal all of which I can relate to. I’m drawn to Lincoln’s strategy of engaging competitors in such a way as to avoid turning them into enemies, and reminded of Liu Xiaobo’s essays in No Enemies, No Hatred. For me, a good book has to tell a story and Goodwin’s telling keeps you in suspense, even though you know the outcome." - Maria Woltjen [2012]
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