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Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Jul 08, 2008

really liked it
Read in January, 2009

Don't get me wrong. This is a good book, but it's not as good as I thought it would be or had heard it would be. I expected more from Doris Kearns Goodwin. It didn't go into the political genius as much as I wanted. It details the four men in Lincoln's cabinet that play a major role. It's more about them and their interactions than it is about Lincoln's political moves. There is a lot of interesting descriptions of the generals, but I got tired of the McClennan drama being detailed. I definitely didn't enjoy the pleasure that Ms. Goodwin got from detailing Kate Chase's every move. I just wish this book had been a little shorter and concise about events. It needed in my opinion to be more about Lincoln's political thoughts and why he did what he did. However, I did enjoy the background of Seward, Chase, Stanton and Cameron. I would only recommend this book to amateur historians and not the general public who are picking it up because President Obama mentioned it.
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Suzanne Agree with your review.

Joseph Loved your review much more than the book. Keep reviewing your books.

Viviana D. Otero It is titled Team of Rivals with an subtitle The Political genius of Abraham Lincoln. So far what I've read, I think the book is a brilliant piece of work.

Jeff I think she did detail his political genius repeatedly; it was based around patience, leniency, and a remarkable judgement of character, and the public mood. Spot on.

message 5: by J. (new)

J. Get your act together Samantha. Don't you know that obama's words and recommendations are solid gold? And that every book that even mentions Lincoln is an automatic 5 star read? I mean, come on, the guy ended slavery...through war instead of the peace that other countries used, and by trampling all over then constitution and state sovereignty.

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