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Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Apr 06, 08

Recommended for: every man-jack of you
Read in April, 2008

I suspect I am now in love with Lincoln.

The book convincingly places him in the context of his peers and rivals for the 1860 Republican presidential nomination, then shows how he cannily and selflessly coaxed masterful performances out of each of these men as cabinet members during the civil war.

Once Goodwin gets to Lincoln's presidency, the book becomes more disciplined, treating major battles and even Booth's assassination conspiracy as peripheral. Rather, she focuses on Lincoln's steadfast leadership, his evolving positions on emancipation and reconstruction, and his singular combination of humor, empathy, melancholy, self-confidence and humbleness that sustained him during the war.

After reading the book, it is hard to conceive that such a great and good man ever lived, much less was elected to the presidency.
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Rory Well, SURE, if you just skip a shitload of questions you can do well on the never-ending book quiz. But what if you forget to skip most of the time and just fall on the stabby stupidness of most of the questions, huh? HUH? Then you can't get above 50% and hate yourself, that's what....


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