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Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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I first read this book the year of its publication, but given the attention that Barack Obama has given it, I decided to reread it. Still loved it. There are so many interpretations of Lincoln that it seems impossible that another interpretation could be fitted on the shelves, but Goodwin's view of Lincoln is revealing. Wrestling the Republican nomination for President from candidates who were more qualified than he, Lincoln went on to include many of his political rivals in his Cabinet. This pragmatic approach to Civil War politics was unique and the book becomes a multiple biography of such diverse individuals as William H. Steward, Edwin Stanton, and Salmon P. Chase as well as Lincoln.
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Hope Harris-Gayles After the recent exposure Goodwin must be on cloud 9. It's now definitely on my list.


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