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Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Mar 27, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: politics-history, autobiography-biographies, my-favorite-books

I've long admired Abraham Lincoln, but this book increased that admiration by leaps and bounds.

It's almost ridiculous how politically adept Lincoln was - especially given his childhood, self taught, etc. It made me (the book) long for another president like Lincoln. He picked the men of his cabinet by their merits and by their spheres of influence. He had people from differing parties and people who flat out hated him. He was unswerving when he made up his mind - and 9 times out of 10 he was correct.

He consistently did what was best for the country, gave his whole heart and soul, but was no simpleton as his enemies would have people believe. People who hated him in the beginning often grew to admire and love him. What a genuinely good man, and genius.

It was very interesting to read more about his views on slavery and what motivated a lot of his policy. I can't say enough about this book and the man himself...

I cried when I finished this book - a lot.
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