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Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Apr 22, 2011

it was amazing
Recommended for: Everyone
Read from March 30 to April 22, 2011

A thorough depiction of Abraham Lincoln and of the men he chose for his cabinet during turbulent times, Team of Rivals is a meticulous narrative that drives its readers close to the history that united America. Doris Kearns Goodwin’s work of art, places the reader at the center of Lincoln’s rise from a self-made man to the post as Executive Chief. Goodwin is by no mistake, a dedicated historian who treats the story behind Team of Rivals with love and respect as she thoroughly details every waking movement not just by the president himself, but with the remarkable men that surrounded him. Although arrogant and stubborn at times, the members of his cabinet played a defining role in the Union’s success in the Civil War. Through a comprehensive story line, the reader gets utterly close to Lincoln, an acquaintance that eventually drives us to tears during that dreadful night of April 15, 1865 when an assassin brings his life to and end.

A meticulous researched book, Team of Rivals is a must read for everyone. Goodwin’s book will be one of the most treasured books in American history. It is by no mistake that Steven Spielberg decided to work on a movie based on Team of Rivals. Apparently, the director saw what readers of the book saw: a timeless, heart wrenching account of the man who preserved the union and freed men and women from evil bondage.
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03/23/2011 page 5
1.0% "Long read ahead as I did with The Autobiography of Henry VIII, but I hope this book is as good as Henry's story."
03/31/2011 page 211
22.0% "It is so interesting to read about the Bigots who were opposed to preserve the Union."
04/05/2011 page 257
27.0% "Very interesting to read on how Lincoln won the nomination to run for president in 1860."
04/15/2011 page 553
59.0% "Just found out that Steven Spielberg is working on a movie based on this book. I am so excited! It's going to star Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Lincoln. WOW!"
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