Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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Penguin Books Limited, Feb 12, 2009 - History - 976 pages
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When Barack Obama was asked which book he could not live without in the White House, his answer was instant: Team of Rivals.  This monumental and brilliant work has given Obama the model for his presidency, showing how Abraham Lincoln saved America by appointing his fiercest rivals to key cabinet positions.  As well as a thrilling piece of narrative history, it's an inspiring study of one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen.
'A wonderful book . . . a remarkable study in leadership' Barack Obama
'A portrait of Lincoln as a virtuosic politician and managerial genius' The New York Times
'It is the season to compare Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln.  Two thin men from rude beginnings, relatively new to Washington but wise to the world, bring the nation together to face a crisis.  Both are superb rhetoricians, both geniuses at stagecraft and timing.  Obama, like Lincoln and unlike most modern politicians, even writes his own speeches.  To a public thoroughly sick of partisan bickering, Lincoln's words rang with hope as Obama spoke them on election night before a vast crowd in Chicago's Grant Park . . . ' Newsweek
Winner of six literary prizes including the National Book Critics Circle Award
Selected as Book of the Yeat by Jeremy Paxman and Robert Harris 
More than one million copies sold

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First rate writing, research, and story telling. - Goodreads
Kearns Goodwin's prose, is, to my mind, execrable. - Goodreads
This was a wonderful, easy to read book. - Goodreads
Gave me very good insight into Lincoln and his cabinet. - Goodreads
Parts of this book made me cry--especially the ending. - Goodreads
Amazing in both its scope and portrayal. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Alexandra - Goodreads

Awesome. I had the pleasure of listening to Doris speak at a conference and was able to snag this book. Fantastic, fascinating read of Lincoln. Read full review

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User Review  - Eric Guthrie - Goodreads

Fantastic book. Lincoln was a master of leadership and had an uncanny ability to wait things out while convincing the involved parties to do the right thing. There is much to learn here. I highly recommend. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

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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