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Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Feb 05, 09

Critics generally agree that Goodwin's 10-year project on Honest Abe paid off. Many lauded the well-rounded, intimate, and admiring portrait she paints of our 16th president by weaving some good old-fashioned storytelling with the hard facts. Abe's cabinet members, Seward in particular, also receive their due. Despite the more than 100 pages of footnotes that chronicle Goodwin's impressive primary research, a few critics found the book redundant, its first third difficult to read, and Lincoln's stand on race nearly ignored. Overall, however, most reviewers found Team of Rivals remarkably resonant today, given the young Lincoln's brash attacks on President Polk, who he claimed pushed the country into the needless Mexican War. For an inside look at Abe's political genius, Goodwin's work is a good place to start.

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

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