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Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Jan 16, 09

it was amazing
Read in January, 2009

A fantastic and long read. This book has everything to wanted to know about the rise and struggles Abraham Lincoln went through in his presidency. It mainly focuses on him and his cabinet that was filled with political enemies and how they and him helped steer the country during the civil war. The author especially points out the relationship between him and his secretary of state Seward. The book focuses on how Lincoln was forced to make several difficult choices while he was president and how he managed to do it by making shrewd and calculated steps to achieve his goal of emancipation. This book is a long read so people do need to be prepared that it is a slow at times. The author does a great job tying everything together and I learned a lot about that time period that I was never taught in school. I did notice at the end of the book when she is talking about the assassination that she forgot there was suppose to be a fourth person assassinated. Grant was suppose to be with Lincoln that night at the play and Booth was going to shoot Lincoln and then stab Grant.
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message 1: by Emily (new)

Emily holy crap, you're already halfway through it??? wow . . .

Malachi More then that, there is only 754 pages of actual reading. The rest is just notes.

Malachi This might signal the end of my reading for the semester, as school has started again and I am becoming strapped for time.

message 4: by Emily (new)

Emily I'm impressed that you finished it before your classes started. When I saw how long it was I figured you wouldn't get to it until the summer!

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