Cover of: Team of Rivals | Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.

Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.

It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.

We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through.
--front flap

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Genre
Case studies, Biography
Copyright Date
2005

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
973.7092 B
Library of Congress
E457.45 .G66 2005

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
916 p., [32] p. of plates :
Number of pages
916

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23274246M
Internet Archive
teamofrivalspoli00good
ISBN 10
0684824906
ISBN 13
9780684824901
LC Control Number
2005044615
OCLC/WorldCat
732767876
Amazon.com
0684824906
Google
4MS3BQAAQBAJ
Library Thing
30628
Goodreads
414879
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