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Winner of the Lincoln Prize

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.

This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

Topics: War, United States of America, American Civil War, Slavery, American Government, Politics, Presidents, Female Author, Abraham Lincoln, 21st Century, American History, Informative, Civil War Period, Leadership, Civil and Political Rights, and Made into a Movie

Published: Simon & Schuster on
ISBN: 9781416549833
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I am intrigued by this part of the history of the US, and have read a few books about the Civil War and the times before and afterwards. This book adds the aspect of Lincoln's relationships with the men he chose to be his closest advisers on his Cabinet. I found it wonderfully enriching and it really held my interest. It appears to be well-researched and concerned with presenting an honest picture of Lincoln and others. Caveat: I didn't realize until the end that I was listening to an abridged version.more
And I thought I knew enough about Abraham Lincoln. Doris Kearns Goodwin brings to life Lincoln, the major political figures of his day, and the major issues. She also recaps the history of attempts to deal with slavery through the first half of the nineteenth century. I understand American history much more thoroughly after reading this book.more
As good as everyone says. Well-researched, well-written, completely absorbing. It probably helps a little that I have a tiny crush on Lincoln, but this book doesn't need much help, if any.more
This is, by far, one of the greatest history books I have ever read. Doris Kearns Goodwin attacks all angles of President Lincoln's cabinet, as well as his personal relationship with his wife (Mary Todd) and sons. Not only is Lincoln's point of view presented, but so is Sec. of State Seward's, Sec. of War Stanton's, Sec. of the Treasury Chase's, Sec. of the Navy Welles', and almost every other important political figure in the cabinet.Although this book is over 750 pages, it is well worth the time invested, and you will be surprised at how easily it flows. I highly recommend this book to all history lovers and Lincoln scholars. You will come away with a deeper appreciation and an even higher level of respect for the 16th President of the United States of America.more
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I am intrigued by this part of the history of the US, and have read a few books about the Civil War and the times before and afterwards. This book adds the aspect of Lincoln's relationships with the men he chose to be his closest advisers on his Cabinet. I found it wonderfully enriching and it really held my interest. It appears to be well-researched and concerned with presenting an honest picture of Lincoln and others. Caveat: I didn't realize until the end that I was listening to an abridged version.more
And I thought I knew enough about Abraham Lincoln. Doris Kearns Goodwin brings to life Lincoln, the major political figures of his day, and the major issues. She also recaps the history of attempts to deal with slavery through the first half of the nineteenth century. I understand American history much more thoroughly after reading this book.more
As good as everyone says. Well-researched, well-written, completely absorbing. It probably helps a little that I have a tiny crush on Lincoln, but this book doesn't need much help, if any.more
This is, by far, one of the greatest history books I have ever read. Doris Kearns Goodwin attacks all angles of President Lincoln's cabinet, as well as his personal relationship with his wife (Mary Todd) and sons. Not only is Lincoln's point of view presented, but so is Sec. of State Seward's, Sec. of War Stanton's, Sec. of the Treasury Chase's, Sec. of the Navy Welles', and almost every other important political figure in the cabinet.Although this book is over 750 pages, it is well worth the time invested, and you will be surprised at how easily it flows. I highly recommend this book to all history lovers and Lincoln scholars. You will come away with a deeper appreciation and an even higher level of respect for the 16th President of the United States of America.more
This is a long book and it has taken me 3 months to read it. It a well worth reading. It follows Lincoln from his early years as a circuit lawyer, through his running for office and winning the Republican Party nomination in1860. What's amazing about Lincoln is that he placed the 3 rivals for the nomination into his cabinet, Seward, Chase and Bates. Seward became Secretary of State and over time, Lincoln,s closest friend. There are very good biographies of all 4 men, with Chase and Seward as the most interesting after Lincoln. Lincoln was president from the first month of the civil war and up until about one month after the end. The book portrays the humanity, kindness, intelligence, forgiveness, fairness o Lincoln. His ability to weigh all sides of an issue and to think strategically of the outcomes is very well done. This is well worth reading.more
Excellant, easy to read for everyone.more
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