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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Dec 29, 2007
Recommended to Carol by: Patty Johnson
Team of Rivals was a big undertaking for me at over 750 pages. What a treasure of a book. I had the feeling that you get with a good piece of fiction where you hate for the book to end. I felt like I was there, that I knew Lincoln. What a marvelous man, a moral man, a patient man. There were lessons between the covers of this book I would feel comfortable including in a talk in church. I have read other books about Lincoln and other books about the civil war, but to see Lincoln through the eyes of his political rivals for the Presidency - Edward Bates, William Henry Seward, and Salmon Chase - was novel and inciteful. These men all had better educations than Lincoln (that wouldn't take much) and were all Lawyers as was Lincoln, each was politically ambitious and had hopes to be elected president by the newly formed Republican party. Each of these men were given cabinet positions by Lincoln. To begin with, each of these men saw themselves as superior to Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln saw the advantage of surrounding himself with the best minds of his day. Unfortunately, that also meant to surround himself with a multitude of opinions (not a yes man in the bunch) and a variety of personal vanities. Added to these men were others such a Secretary of War Edwin Stanton who also had been somewhat of a rival in court and looked down upon Abraham Lincoln. Seward and Lincoln were polar opposites in dispositions and yet came to respect each other and had a warm friendship. Each life, told in detail was fascinating. The politics of the time were a land mine. It would have been enough to ruin the carreer of a lesser politician. Such a sad time in the history of our country. I'm glad God sends great men at such a time as that. A great read!
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December 29, 2007 – Shelved
June 1, 2008 – Finished Reading