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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Kearns writing is excellent as usual. - LibraryThing
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Before reading this bio, I respected Lincoln but always thought he could have done more against slavery. However, after reading Team of Rivals, I now understand and concur with what he did, how he did ... 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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