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Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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After having read many books about Lincoln, and the Civil War, I still learned a great deal about Lincoln in this account, but also about the many brilliant people he surrounded himself with. The story gives the account of the men who served on his cabinet, three of whom were direct competitors for the presidential nomination. He selects for his cabinet, a political first, several of his opponents not only from his senatorial competitors but also from his presidential ones. He received great criticism for this, but also gained broad social viewpoints and trustworthy advisors. I think this was the key to him being the respected leader he was.

While the book's focus was on Lincoln's adept handling of the multiple personalities, it also makes clear, both the tenuous state of the United States in the Civil War, but also the attack on democracy. It was the greatest test beyond the Revolution the nation had faced up until this time, of whether a government by the people could endure when the people had such passionate and diametrically opposed ideas on issues key to the fabric of the country.

It is compelling to contemplate the progressive views of some of the members of the White House inner circle, not only emancipation, but racial equality, female contributions to politics and fiscal responsibility. Modern pundits debate Lincoln's electability should he be running today, my position is he'd win. No doubt about it.

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Reading Progress

June 27, 2014 – Started Reading
June 27, 2014 – Shelved
August 4, 2014 – Finished Reading

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