Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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Penguin Books Limited, Feb 12, 2009 - History - 944 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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Well written, extremely well researched. - LibraryThing
Kearns writing is excellent as usual. - LibraryThing
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Well-researched, well-written, completely absorbing. - LibraryThing
This book is an amazing insight on so many levels. - LibraryThing
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Abraham Lincoln, William Seward, Edwin Stanton and other key Civil War era figures came back to life for me in the pages of this book, and having just finished it, I'm left overwhelmed by the greatest ... Read full review

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This book took me forever to read but I'm so glad I did. I really learned a lot more about the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln than I learned in my high school American History class! Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Doris Kearns Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time. She is also the author of the bestselling Wait till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband Richard Goodwin.

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