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  • Paperback: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Lincoln Film tie-in ed edition (29 Nov 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0241966086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241966082
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 12.8 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doris Kearns Goodwin is the doyenne of US presidential historians, and one of the most acclaimed non-fiction authors in the world. She won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1995.

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By lexo1941 on 25 Mar 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought "Team of Rivals" because I was curious to see what sort of book got a recommendation from the new US President, and because I'm interested in American history. I didn't expect it to be as good as it is. I very rarely give five stars to things on Amazon - only to items that I think are perfect or exemplary in some way. "Team of Rivals" is popular history, but of the best kind: scrupulously researched, packed with anecdote and detail, and intelligently structured. It's up there with James McPherson's "Battle Cry of Freedom" as one of the essential works about the American Civil War for the general reader.

Goodwin's argument is that Lincoln was not just a humanitarian, a great statesman and the man who saved the Union, but also a political genius. She makes a good case. This is essentially a group biography of Lincoln's cabinet, and what Goodwin shows very well is Lincoln's remarkable capacity to take a bunch of powerful men with big egos, almost all of whom came from socially superior backgrounds to his own, and have them all jockeying for his approval within months of his election. Lincoln's political genius seems to have been fuelled by both his hard-won self-confidence and his extraordinary absence of personal malice. When, as a tyro politician, he would be defeated, he would go out of his way to be friendly to the victor. As a President, he was continually harried by the political ambitions of his vain and self-righteous Treasury Secretary, the implausibly named Salmon P. Chase. Lincoln's friends marvelled that the President tolerated Chase's all-too-obvious desire to be president himself, but Lincoln put up with Chase on the grounds that Chase was a fine Treasury Secretary and didn't have a cat in hell's chance of ever being elected to the White House.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mr VINE VOICE on 1 April 2011
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The massive scholarship of this work is clearly evident in the 754 pages of highly readable narrative history. I was reminded of Robert K. Massie's histories of the European powers around the Great war; lots of characters, finely drawn, which give a real sense of the human side of great events. The key unique piece of this book is the interplay of the principal characters; the team of rivals, who form Lincoln's cabinet. Along with them, Doris Kearns gives fair due to the women in their lives, who are clearly all women of substance and ability; with perhaps the exception of Lincoln's wife, Mary, who often appears spiteful and small-minded.

As a political narrative, it has real merit; but I have a couple of reservations which perhaps challenge the scholarship. Firstly, there is very little analysis of the military side of the Civil War. At one level this is fine, as this is a political history, and there are enough great military histories of the Civil War. At another, it is a weakness. The war was Lincoln's foremost challenge; he was elected just before the it started and was killed as it ended. Beyond descriptions of his very human actions with individual troops; visits to the front and decisions around commuting sentences, the war plays an oddly distant, unconnected, almost exogenous role.

It leads to my second and wider discomfort. Every action in Lincoln's career is interpreted as a masterly and courageous move; even if it involves inaction. In three areas this seems to be a little too sympathetic.

First would be Lincoln's vacillation in not firing General Maclellan. There is no discussion of whether this should have been done earlier, and yet Maclellan wasted a vast army which could have challenged Robert E.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Jan 2007
Format: Hardcover
Of all the American Presidents, I admire Abraham Lincoln the most because he stalwartly endured so much: rebellious states, incompetent Federal generals, a fractious Republican Party, near-treasonous Democrats, a financially irresponsible and mentally unstable wife, and the death of a son. Finishing this thick work, my esteem for him is in no way diminished.

TEAM OF RIVALS by Doris Kearns Goodwin is, above all, a political biography of Lincoln as he rose through the ranks from country lawyer to Illinois state legislator to U.S. Congressman to presidential candidate to Chief Executive. As the Republican nominee for President in 1860, he beat out several formidable rivals for the nomination, including Salmon Chase, William Seward, and Edward Bates. Once elected, Lincoln was wily enough to keep his former (and potentially future) adversaries within immediate sight by cajoling them into his Cabinet - Chase at Treasury, Seward at State, and Bates as Attorney General. Thus, TEAM OF RIVALS is necessarily a political biography of each of these three men and, to a lesser degree, also one for each of the other prominent members of the Cabinet - Montgomery Blair as Postmaster General, Edwin Stanton as War Secretary (succeeding Simon Cameron), and Gideon Wells as Navy Secretary. The remarkable teamwork the Cabinet displayed to steer the Union through the darkest days of the Civil War is its, and Lincoln's, great achievement.

In her memoir of growing up, WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR, Goodwin is charmingly engaging. At 754 pages with two extensive photographic sections, TEAM OF RIVALS is hardly that but erudite, detailed, and lucid. The author's treatment of her subject is obviously admiring.
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