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  • Title: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin Suzanne Toren
  • ISBN: 9780743270755
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • The life and times of Abraham Lincoln have been analyzed and dissected in countless books Do we need another Lincoln biography In Team of Rivals, esteemed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin proves that we do Though she can t help but cover some familiar territory, her perspective is focused enough to offer fresh insights into Lincoln s leadership style and his deep understaThe life and times of Abraham Lincoln have been analyzed and dissected in countless books Do we need another Lincoln biography In Team of Rivals, esteemed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin proves that we do Though she can t help but cover some familiar territory, her perspective is focused enough to offer fresh insights into Lincoln s leadership style and his deep understanding of human behavior and motivation Goodwin makes the case for Lincoln s political genius by examining his relationships with three men he selected for his cabinet, all of whom were opponents for the Republican nomination in 1860 William H Seward, Salmon P Chase, and Edward Bates These men, all accomplished, nationally known, and presidential, originally disdained Lincoln for his backwoods upbringing and lack of experience, and were shocked and humiliated at losing to this relatively obscure Illinois lawyer Yet Lincoln not only convinced them to join his administration Seward as secretary of state, Chase as secretary of the treasury, and Bates as attorney general he ultimately gained their admiration and respect as well How he soothed egos, turned rivals into allies, and dealt with many challenges to his leadership, all for the sake of the greater good, is largely what Goodwin s fine book is about Had he not possessed the wisdom and confidence to select and work with the best people, she argues, he could not have led the nation through one of its darkest periods Ten years in the making, this engaging work reveals why Lincoln s road to success was longer, tortuous, and far less likely than the other men, and why, when opportunity beckoned, Lincoln was the best prepared to answer the call This multiple biography further provides valuable background and insights into the contributions and talents of Seward, Chase, and Bates Lincoln may have been the indispensable ingredient of the Civil War, but these three men were invaluable to Lincoln and they played key roles in keeping the nation intact Shawn Carkonen Team of Rivals doesn t just tell the story of Abraham Lincoln It is a multiple biography of the entire team of personal and political competitors that he put together to lead the country through its greatest crisis Here, Doris Kearns Goodwin profiles five of the key players in her book, four of whom contended for the 1860 Republican presidential nomination and all of whom later worked together in Lincoln s cabinet.1 Edwin M StantonStanton treated Lincoln with utter contempt at their initial acquaintance when the two men were involved in a celebrated law case in the summer of 1855 Unimaginable as it might seem after Stanton s demeaning behavior, Lincoln offered him the most powerful civilian post within his gift the post of secretary of war at their next encounter six years later On his first day in office as Simon Cameron s replacement, the energetic, hardworking Stanton instituted an entirely new regime in the War Department After nearly a year of disappointment with Cameron, Lincoln had found in Stanton the leader the War Department desperately needed Lincoln s choice of Stanton revealed his singular ability to transcend personal vendetta, humiliation, or bitterness As for Stanton, despite his initial contempt for the man he once described as a long armed Ape, he not only accepted the offer but came to respect and love Lincoln than any person outside of his immediate family He was beside himself with grief for weeks after the president s death.2 Salmon P ChaseChase, an Ohioan, had been both senator and governor, had played a central role in the formation of the national Republican Party, and had shown an unflagging commitment to the cause of the black man No individual felt he deserved the presidency as a natural result of his past contributions than Chase himself, but he refused to engage in the practical methods by which nominations are won He had virtually no campaign and he failed to conciliate his many enemies in Ohio itself As a result, he alone among the candidates came to the convention without the united support of his own state Chase never ceased to underestimate Lincoln, nor to resent the fact that he had lost the presidency to a man he considered his inferior His frustration with his position as secretary of the treasury was alleviated only by his his dogged hope that he, rather than Lincoln, would be the Republican nominee in 1864, and he steadfastly worked to that end The president put up with Chase s machinations and haughty yet fundamentally insecure nature because he recognized his superlative accomplishments at treasury Eventually, however, Chase threatened to split the Republican Party by continuing to fill key positions with partisans who supported his presidential hopes When Lincoln stepped in, Chase tendered his resignation as he had three times before, but this time Lincoln stunned Chase by calling his bluff and accepting the offer.3 Abraham Lincoln When Lincoln won the Republican presidential nomination in 1860 he seemed to have come from nowhere a backwoods lawyer who had served one undistinguished term in the House of Representatives and lost two consecutive contests for the U.S Senate Contemporaries attributed his surprising nomination to chance, to his moderate position on slavery, and to the fact that he hailed from the battleground state of Illinois But Lincoln s triumph, particularly when viewed against the efforts of his rivals, owed much to a remarkable, unsuspected political acuity and an emotional strength forged in the crucible of hardship and defeat That Lincoln, after winning the presidency, made the unprecedented decision to incorporate his eminent rivals into his political family, the cabinet, was evidence of an uncanny self confidence and an indication of what would prove to others a most unexpected greatness.4 William H Seward A celebrated senator from New York for than a decade and governor of his state for two terms before going to Washington, Seward was certain he was going to receive his party s nomination for president in 1860 The weekend before the convention in Chicago opened he had already composed a first draft of the valedictory speech he expected to make to the Senate, assuming that he would resign his position as soon as the decision in Chicago was made His mortification at not having received the nomination never fully abated, and when he was offered his cabinet post as secretary of state he intended to have a major role in choosing the remaining cabinet members, conferring upon himself a position in the new government commanding than that of Lincoln himself He quickly realized the futility of his plan to relegate the president to a figurehead role Though the feisty New Yorker would continue to debate numerous issues with Lincoln in the years ahead, exactly as Lincoln had hoped and needed him to do, Seward would become his closest friend, advisor, and ally in the administration More than any other cabinet member Seward appreciated Lincoln s peerless skill in balancing factions both within his administration and in the country at large.5 Edward Bates A widely respected elder statesman, a delegate to the convention that framed the Missouri Constitution, and a former Missouri congressman whose opinions on national matters were still widely sought, Bates s ambitions for political success were gradually displaced by love for his wife and large family, and he withdrew from public life in the late 1840s For the next 20 years he was asked repeatedly to run or once again accept high government posts but he consistently declined However in early 1860, with letters and newspaper editorials advocating his candidacy crowding in upon him, he decided to try for the highest office in the land After losing to Lincoln he vowed, in his diary, to decline a cabinet position if one were to be offered, but with the country in trouble and danger he felt it was his duty to accept when Lincoln asked him to be attorney general Though Bates initially viewed Lincoln as a well meaning but incompetent administrator, he eventually concluded that the president was an unmatched leader, very near being a perfect man.
    Team of Rivals The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln The life and times of Abraham Lincoln have been analyzed and dissected in countless books Do we need another Lincoln biography In Team of Rivals esteemed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin proves that we

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    1. I heard Goodwin talk about this book on NPR, and she sounded like she d been an eyewitness to the events Sold me the book.On June 17th I ve been a hundred pages from the end for ten days I don t want Abe to die.July 17th Okay, I finally made myself finish Abe s dead and I m a wreck.In this book Goodwin puts Abraham Lincoln in the context of his peers, many of whom ran against him for the first Republican nomination for president remember they d just invented that party and one of whom, Stanton, [...]

    2. As a history lover, I m a bit of a snob While everyone is rushing to purchase the newest warm milk entry from David McCullough, I make a show of purchasing turgid, poorly edited treatises put out by university presses about some guy who did something long ago that doesn t really matter any Of course, as every snob eventually learns, being snobbish is like slamming a hammer down on your thumb you only hurt yourself and everyone thinks you re an idiot When it was published, Team of Rivals became t [...]

    3. Please forgive me resorting to a tired trick and leading off with a definition from the dictionary, but there is a point to it pol i ti cian1 a person experienced in the art or science of government especially one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government2A a person engaged in party politics as a profession2B a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow usually short sighted reasonsAmericans these days seem to think that 2B is the only definitio [...]

    4. I would have given this book stars if I could have I think I loved this book so much because Abraham Lincoln was such an absolutely amazing person We are all taught that Lincoln was one of America s great presidents, and we know that he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, but he is so much greater of a man than I ever knew Lincoln was super smart, wise, and incredibly compassionate and empathetic While unsure of his own faith, Lincoln, through his own care for others, was so much of a Christ [...]

    5. When Rod Blagojevich was impeached and hauled off to prison, that made four of the previous seven Illinois governors to have done time Countless representatives and aldermen have been locked up, too Then there was my wife s favorite a former Secretary of State found after his death to have 800,000 stuffed in shoe boxes Our reputation for corrupt politicians is, I dare say, unsurpassed Fortunately, we here in the Land of Lincoln as we call it on our license plates have one historical figure capab [...]

    6. Put aside whatever you re reading now yes, even those compelling vampire romance books and pick up this book It s that good Even though Goodwin is writing about Lincoln s cabinet, her work is eerily contemporary, given Obama s situation Everyone but a handful of people thought Lincoln had risen too fast and was too untried to take charge of a desperate crises facing the country Goodwin uses the main characters diaries, letters, journals, and speeches to show how that opinion gradually changed If [...]

    7. A True Leader and Genius of High Moral CharacterIf I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for other business If the end brings me out all right, what s said against me won t amount to anything If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference Pres Abraham Lincoln, quoted in F B Carpenter, The Inner Life of Abraham Lincoln Six Months at the White House 1869.Truly, I didn t start out reading this [...]

    8. Biographies aren t always boring tomes Doris Kearns Goodwin does a magnificent job of detailing how Abraham Lincoln, a lesser known and ill positioned candidate captures the Republican party s nomination, goes on to get elected President, and leads America through the tumult of the Civil War.While most of us know Lincoln as honest Abe and the President who emancipated slaves, Kearns Goodwin offers a portrait of a man who took many of the men who d he d beaten out as the republican nominee into h [...]

    9. This is the book that the film Lincoln is somewhat based on President Obama has said that he looks to Lincoln as a model leader He should In TEAM OF RIVALS Lincoln brings genius to the adage friends close, enemies closer.

    10. In 1860, the fledgling Republican Party nominated its second candidate for the Presidency of the United States Four men competed for the honor William Seward, a U.S Senator, former governor of New York and one of the most honored and experienced politicians of his day Edward Bates, a former congressman from Missouri Salmon P Chase, a former U.S Senator and former governor of Ohio who had played a significant role in founding the party and Abraham Lincoln, until very recently a little known lawye [...]

    11. I loved this book Although it was a beast of a book, and could probably have been a lot shorter I had not read a Lincoln biography before, so was firstly blown away by how he rose up from nothing, self taught himself a college degree, and then somehow rode the middle line and got himself elected President Nobody seemed to have expected that, nor expected much from him, and he continued to surprise them all.I am always curious about the motivations of successful people In Lincolns case, he just l [...]

    12. This is a wonderful nuanced book that resonates mightily with and informs what is going on today Read it if you want to understand any kind of historical basis for what is now happening in the U.S Read it if you love the minutia of history every conversation ever recorded during the Lincoln period, every permutation and convolution of the Civil War, the complex emotional motivations behind the factions a lot of people fought for preservation of the union than out of any conviction about slavery [...]

    13. Although there are two books squeezed between the covers this remains readable.The first book is an account of the competition for the Republican candidacy and the beginning of the Lincoln administration Here is a slightly different story about the developing USA, the changing, growing country and the kinds of political careers and ambitions available to men in it There is a very serious heavyweight argument I felt lurking in the prose that never comes to the forefront and possible never develop [...]

    14. I thought it would make sense to start this while I m still reading Gone With the Wind This isn t a straight up biography of Lincoln And it s certainly not a history of the Civil War Instead it s a portrait of Lincoln, defined by the diverse men he surrounded himself with on his Cabinet In particular, Goodwin focuses on the 4 major contenders in the Republican national convention Lincoln, Seward, Chase and Bates The better part of the book takes place leading up to Lincoln s 1860 election to his [...]

    15. I ve always thought Abraham Lincoln was the greatest president in U.S history, and now, after reading Team of Rivals, I m convinced of that His political genius allowed him to harness the talents and tame the lesser angels among his many rivals the political and social cream of the crop in the 1840s 50s This very humble, self deprecating man, who lacked formal education and experienced so much sorrow early in life, was pitted against tough competition his entire life part of his greatness is tha [...]

    16. As usual, I seem to be pushing against the river All the reviews are stellar to the 5th degree My poor offering is a meagre 3.Goodwin is an exceptional historian Research should have been her middle name But and it s quite a big one The book would have been vastly improved if a good editor had taken charge.This book reads like you asked someone for a recipe on how to bake a cake, and she starts by telling you how to grow wheat then walks you through milling the grain into flour, down the line to [...]

    17. Reading this book or listening on Audible in my case is a labor of love it is detailed, intricate and long But wow, is it incredible The way DKG weaves together the stories of a ll Lincoln s cabinet members personally and politically and explains their respective roles in American history is astounding I ve never learned so much American history from a single book and enjoyed it along the way I have also never respected Abraham Lincoln as much as I do after reading this He truly was an incredibl [...]

    18. ETA Lincoln s death in 1865 is covered, but not in detail I will now read They Have Killed Papa Dead The Road to Ford s Theatre, Abraham Lincoln s Murder, and the Rage for VengeanceI think the book IS good But Lincoln was much of a shrewd politician than an honest, moral individual and a fun loving storyteller I did come to admire him With talent he got people of opposing views to work together toward a common goal This was no small accomplishment His lack of malice is exceptional Or was that t [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. I, like many young people, was often frustrated by history class No matter what how hard I worked, or how much I studied we always seemed to run out of time to cover the really interesting parts of history, and I always felt short changed.Few time periods frustrated me as much as the Civil War We would spend weeks going over Manasses, and Shiloh and Sherman s march and I invariably felt that something was missing Was it really just General v.s General What was Lincoln doing that made him so grea [...]

    21. bestpresidentialbios 2014 Team of Rivals The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is, by almost any measure, the most popular biography of Abraham Lincoln Written by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals has been widely read and revered since its publication in 2005 Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian who has also written notable biographies of Lyndon Johnson, John F Kennedy, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.Although focused on Abra [...]

    22. Most readers would question the need for another Lincoln Biography at this point After 200 years and numerous Biographies, is there anything new to learn about the man In Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin answers that question with a resounding yes Her focus is mainly on Lincoln as political operator She explores this theme by looking at Lincoln through the eyes of his three greatest political rivals and later cabinet members William Seward, Salmon Chase, and Edward Bates Goodwin begins her n [...]

    23. If you ve ever asked yourself, Abraham Lincoln, what is with that guy This is the book for you.The answer to that question is both simple and complex It s complex because all people are complex, and the political landscape that Lincoln navigated although lacking 24 hour news cycles, talking heads, and loudmouthed pundits was nevertheless a treacherous and multi faceted one Team of Rivals is in large part Doris Kearns Goodwin s attempt to illustrate just exactly how it was that he navigated those [...]

    24. I don t read enough non fiction Like a lot of people, I m sure, I thought I knew enough about Abraham Lincoln that a book on his presidency wouldn t hold my interest as much as a novel might Happily, I was wrong, and this book gave me a profound sense of appreciation for the ol rail splitter and a renewed sense of pride in America s history a feeling that s been somewhat battered of late It took Doris Kearns Goodwin ten years to write the book, and no wonder Her list of primary sources is astoni [...]

    25. 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 co [...]

    26. Solid 4 Stars Intricate details spin an illuminating web around this historical colossus We all know about Lincoln, one of the greatest presidents ever, and are well versed in the legend and legacy of Lincoln but what about the man behind the public persona This book pulls back the curtain and humanizes Lincoln, brining him to life through the wide array of lives closest to him, providing a fresh view of his vivid personality, strength of character, and unflagging belief in his country.Lincoln w [...]

    27. Team of RivalsTeam of Rivals refers to Abraham Lincoln s choice of prior adversaries as his presidential cabinet The first was the most famous Republican candidate for the 1860 presidential race This was William Seward, the Governor of New York Seward was a very bright, good story teller and ardently opposed to slavery He was, in all likelihood, too liberal to get the Republican nomination The Republican Party was made up of former Whig party, Know Nothing party and anti slavery democrats The kn [...]

    28. An elegantly crafted epic that is as gripping of a read as a novel history can be eminently entertaining I heard Goodwin interviewed on Radio West and she describes researching this book for 10 years She utilizes a richness of primary sources to give the reader the opportunity to know well not just Lincoln but the many who surrounded him.I dreaded reaching the last pages of this book there was only one way for it to end The death of Lincoln, although foreshadowed, comes as abruptly in this accou [...]

    29. I suspect I am now in love with Lincoln The book convincingly places him in the context of his peers and rivals for the 1860 Republican presidential nomination, then shows how he cannily and selflessly coaxed masterful performances out of each of these men as cabinet members during the civil war Once Goodwin gets to Lincoln s presidency, the book becomes disciplined, treating major battles and even Booth s assassination conspiracy as peripheral Rather, she focuses on Lincoln s steadfast leaders [...]

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